Genuine Learning Blog
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!
The GASB has issued a proposal around disclosures related to certain risks. The proposal provides disclosure requirements for certain concentrations and constraints. Comments are due September 30, 2022.
This week marked a major consolidation in the ESG standard setting arena. The IFRS Foundation completed its consolidation of the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF). The IFRS Foundation is the parent entity to the IASB who writes IFRS. It will now also be the parent to the new International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) which is working to develop a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures for the capital markets and will leverage the resources of the VRF as part of this consolidation.
The FASB has issued a proposal to address transition for insurance entities in applying ASU 2018-12. The proposal addresses the requirements to apply the new standard to contracts that have been sold. This is a very niche standard so comments are due August 8.
The AICPA has provided more details about the upcoming transition for the CPA exam which is scheduled for January 2024. The new blueprint provides details on the types of skills expected of newly licensed CPAs as well as the design of the exam. Comments are due September 30th.
The second quarter of 2022 is behind us and it was a very busy one for standard setters. The AICPA issued its suite of standards related to quality control. They also issued a SAS related to NOCLAR, which corresponds to changes recently made to the ethics requirements. GASB issued 3 final standards in Q3 and FASB issued 1 final standard.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has proposed changes to a few interpretations to align the verbiage around ownership with previously issued interpretations related to loans. The proposed changes address three sections of the ethics code. Comments are due July 5.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has proposed some new independence rules related to compliance audits. The AICPA is aware that much of the new COVID-19 related funding is causing many entities who have no been subject to audit requirements or single audit requirements historically to now be subject to them. They add 2 definitions and revise the definition of financial statement attest client to help identify which independence rules apply to these engagements. Comments are due September 1, 2022.
The FASB has issued an Invitation to Comment to gather feedback about the operability of leveraging IAS 20 for government grants for for-profit entities in the US. The ITC does not include any preliminary views but is to help the FASB staff gather information from stakeholders about any benefits or issues that should be considered in the project. Comments are due September 12, 2022.
The GLS team had a great time this week in Las Vegas for the ENGAGE conference. The team was able to interact with clients and colleagues both at the exhibit booth and at various evening functions. We also had a wonderful client reception on Monday, which included the cover reveal of Melisa’s new book Money Matters for Nonprofits. This book demystifies financial statements and basic accounting, empowering nonprofit board members and other stakeholders to better advise their organizations and make an even greater difference in the world. At ENGAGE, Melisa enjoyed presenting on Nonprofit Hot Topics and attending some CPE for a change. But all good things come to an end. The team is heading home with ideas to build on this momentum.
The AICPA issued a TQA in May addressing reporting and dating issues related to Other Information (OI) received after the date of the auditor’s report. SAS 137 added some additional performance and reporting requirements. The TQA clarifies some common questions the AICPA was receiving with regard to these changes.
The FAF has issued a draft strategic plan for the FASB, GASB and FAF for public comment. The draft reviews the vision, mission and values of the FAF and also 6 key goals that they hope to achieve. Comments are due July 22, 2022.
GAO has issued its 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. It includes the identification of 12 trends impacting the United States as well as 4 key efforts which are near-term priorities to provide the Congress with timely and fact-based analysis of the most important issues facing the nation.
OMB has issued its 2022 Compliance Supplement. While originally promised in April of 2022, OMB issued it on May 12 which is much better than the previous years that were issued in August. The Compliance Supplement includes new ARPA programs that were not addressed in the 2021 Supplement so this can be very helpful to auditors wrapping up some outstanding 2021 audits. The Supplement should be used for 6/30/22 year ends and beyond.
The PCAOB has issued a staff spotlight looking at some auditor considerations when using a service provider in the confirmation process. It encourages auditors to evaluate whether they have maintained control over the confirmation and to what extent they can rely on third party controls. This is nonauthoritative guidance to help improve audit quality.
FASB has issued a proposal to amend the sunset provision in ASU 2020-04 due to the extension of LIBOR into 2024. In addition, it has proposed to expand the definition of SOFR due to market changes. Comments are due June 6.
OMB has updated the 2021 Compliance Supplement for two programs – Provider Relief Funds and Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. DHHS can remove the special test & provisions requirements for Provider Relief Funds (93.498) which related to out of network patient expenses. In order to reduce burden on smaller entities, the Treasury is now offering an alternative examination engagement in lieu of requiring a Program Specific Audit or Single Audit for entities that would not have required this level of audit had it not been for the receipt of CSLFRF funds (21.027). Treasury estimates 10,000 entities will be able to forego a Single Audit in lieu of this new compliance examination which has been added to Appendix VII thereby still maintaining accountability but reducing costs and complexity.
The AICPA has proposed significant changes to AU-C 600 and the requirements of a group audit. Some changes are definitional but the new standard also includes a more risk based approach for addressing financial statements that contain multiple components. Comments are due June 21, 2022.
The first quarter of 2022 has come to an end. It brought with it the publication of four ethics interpretations, two final ASUs, and two proposed SASes. This blog will provide you with what was issued and proposed in Q1 of 2022.
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