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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In 2019, the AICPA issued a consultation paper for feedback on the projects PEEC should address. After evaluating feedback, PEEC has issued their Strategy and Work Plan for 2021-2023 which includes standard setting and member enrichment projects. This week’s blog addresses what projects made the cut and when the projects will be kicking off.
FASB has issued a proposal to adjust the timing for when private entities and nonprofits would be required to identify triggering events for goodwill impairment. After initially identified by the AICPA’s Technical Issues Committee (TIC), it was determined that the cost and complexity associated with an interim consideration for an annual reporting outweighed the benefit. Comments are due January 20.
We’re kicking off the year with our annual year in review. This week’s blog focuses on the standards issued in 2020 by the AICPA, FASB and GASB. We’ll give a quick executive summary of what was finalized in 2020 for each standard setter as we kick off a new year of standard setting.
The AICPA has released its new CPA Exam Blueprint which outlines the format and content of the exam. Following a deep review of the topics covered in 2019, the Final Practice Analysis provides insights into the changes to the current exam. This update is much smaller than the expected impact of CPA Evolution which will overhaul the structure of the exam.
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