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The Genuine Learning Blog is a video series designed to keep you abreast of the latest developments in accounting and auditing.  This is a not a teaser, marketing tool.  This blog breaking down new proposals from GASB, FASB, and the AICPA into short manageable videos.  Watching this series will make you better informed than your peers!

 

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FASB ED: Discount Rate for Nonpublic Lessees

FASB ED: Discount Rate for Nonpublic Lessees

The FASB has issued an exposure draft regarding the use of the discount rate alternative offered to nonpublic entities. After receiving feedback that the risk free rate was not as widely adopted due to relatively low interest rates, the FASB is now proposing permitting the use by class of assets as opposed to the current requirement at the entity level. Comments are due July 16, 2021.

GASB ED – Accounting Changes and Error Corrections

GASB ED – Accounting Changes and Error Corrections

The GASB has issued an exposure draft, Accounting Changes and Error Corrections an amendment of GASB Statement No. 62, to update an area of accounting that hasn’t seen much change. The original guidance came from FASB standards that date back to the 1970s. The GASB reviews the guidance through the lens of a governmental entity and provides definitions as well as accounting guidance on accounting changes and error corrections. Comments are due August 31, 2021.

Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk

Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk

President Biden has issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to look at financial risk related to climate change including potentially requiring public entities to disclose certain items. ESG disclosures are a growing area for disclosures and entities like the SASB and GRI have been providing best practices.

QM Proposal Comment Period Extended

QM Proposal Comment Period Extended

The AICPA has extended the comment period for the trio of Quality Management proposals from June 11, 2021 to August 31, 2021; likely due to the extended tax season and lots of other exciting happenings. They have also provided a few glossary documents that provide executive summaries about the proposals and a sample comment letter template for those who may not be comfortable with writing feedback from scratch. They are also hosting a series of round tables in May and June that are open to the public that will feature a summary of the proposed statements followed by a live Q&A. Each roundtable will offer up to 1.5 hours of CPE and be limited to no more than 50 participants.

IESBA Ethics Changes

IESBA Ethics Changes

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants® (IESBA®) has issued two new ethics standards. The first addresses fee-related prohibitions. Firms may not permit the audit fee to be influenced by the provision of services other than the audit to the audit client. In addition, they revised the non-assurance services rules to clarify the circumstances in which firms may provide nonassurance services to an audit or assurance client.

Yellow Book Technical Update

Yellow Book Technical Update

GAO has issued a technical update to Yellow Book. In a very rare move, GAO has made modifications to a handful of paragraphs in the 2018 Yellow Book. The updates address the concept of equity, SKE for nonaudit services and changes to evaluation of internal controls for performance audits. Updates were effective upon issuance.

Renaming the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Renaming the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The GASB has issued an exposure draft to amend the name of the comprehensive annual financial report to the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. The current spoken acronym is offensive in some cultures and reordering the terms will alleviate unintended insults. There are no changes to the contents or use of the report, just the title. Comments are due July 9, 2021.

IFR4NPO

IFR4NPO

Todays blog looks at a movement to develop internationally applicable financial reporting guidance for non-profit organizations. IFR4NPO has issued a consultation. This blog looks at Part 1 of the proposal which includes scope and overall conceptual framework to be used in the development of this international standard. Comments on Part 1 are due by July 30, 2021.

Q1 2021 in Review

Q1 2021 in Review

The first quarter of 2021 is a wrap. It was a light quarter for standard setting and given everything else we have going on, that’s probably not a bad thing! This blog covers the few standards that were finalized in Q1.

GASB Proposal: Compensated Absences

GASB Proposal: Compensated Absences

GASB has issued a proposal to address diversity in practice as well as common deficiencies related to reporting compensated absences. The proposal addresses PTO and sabbaticals as well as provides a single method of accounting for leave. The proposal includes the use of FIFO to account for the amount due in one year as well as a provides guidance on using the current pay rate for recognition of the liability. Comments are due June 4th.

Third Party Assessments

Third Party Assessments

The AICPA has issued a Technical Q&A to address common questions regarding what qualifies as a third party assessment and which standards including independence should be applied by the third party. The TQA provides guidance on what qualifies as a TQA, which independence rules apply and which standards can be used by CPAs.

Proposed NOCLAR Ethics Interpretation

Proposed NOCLAR Ethics Interpretation

The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has issued an updated proposal around reporting noncompliance with laws and regulations (NOCLAR). Originally issued in 2017, PEEC has been trying to converge with the international standards while addressing unique US issues. The proposal includes separating the requirements for those in public practice between those providing attest services and those providing services that are not attest services. It also provides other clarifications in response to the comment letters received in the first proposal. Comments are due June 30.

Proposed NOCLAR SAS

Proposed NOCLAR SAS

The AICPA has issued a very narrow proposal to add a new requirement for successor auditors to discuss suspected fraud and NOCLAR with predecessor auditors if granted permission by management as part of the client acceptance process. This is the first of two blogs addressing new requirements regarding NOCLAR.

Quality Management Proposal: Part 3

Quality Management Proposal: Part 3

The final blog in our QM series addresses the proposed audit standard. The audit standard assists the engagement team to understand their responsibilities on applying the system of quality management to an individual audit engagement. Comments are due June 11, 2021.

Quality Management Proposal: Part 2

Quality Management Proposal: Part 2

This week’s blog continues with the discussion of the AICPA’s proposed changes to Quality Management. SQMS 2 addresses the role and responsibilities of the engagement quality reviewer. We’ll look at the proposal including the proposed cooling off period and qualifications to give you an overview of the proposed standard.

Quality Management Proposal: Part 1

Quality Management Proposal: Part 1

The AICPA has issued three new proposals related to quality management. The new SQM Standards will replace the extant quality control (SQCS) and provide a more scalable and risk based QM methodology. This is the first of three blogs which will dive into the details of each proposal. This blog addresses A Firm’s System of Quality Management and the components of a system of quality management.

PEEC 2021 Temporary Enforcement Policy

PEEC 2021 Temporary Enforcement Policy

The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has issued a Temporary Policy Statement regarding the recent changes by the SEC to their independence rules. Because the rules do not align with the AICPA Code, while PEEC evaluates whether any changes are needed, PEEC has provided a temporary enforcement permitting auditors who follow both to be compliant if they adopt the new SEC rules. The policy is effective until rescinded.

The Future of Jobs Report

The Future of Jobs Report

The World Economic Forum has released its 2020 Future of Jobs Report which looks at the impact of technology on the job market. The report addresses the impact of COVID, a rise in online learning, and the need for reskilling. The jobs of tomorrow continue to require a different set of skills that we need to prepare workers for. This blog provides a high-level overview of some of the key takeaways from the report.

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