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The SEC has brought charges against Hill International, its former chief accounting officer, and a former senior accountant for engaging in accounting fraud and disclosure violations at the construction management consulting firm.
Public company audit fees remained virtually unchanged in 2018, according to the latest annual study by Audit Analytics.
FASB has issued the first accounting standard update of the new year, clarifying the interaction between accounting standards related to equity securities, equity method investments, and certain derivatives.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended a former KPMG leader from appearing or practicing before the SEC after he was convicted of a felony last year.
With the new year under way, we highlight some focus areas of accounting and audit regulators—SEC, PCAOB, and FASB—that should be top of mind for boards of directors.
The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors announced the publication of new guidance intended to serve as an industry benchmark to improve the effectiveness of internal audit functions.
As auditors get ready for year-end audits, internal controls and new accounting standards are on their radar.
The PCAOB has published a document that offers insights from audit committee chairs on what procedures have worked best for them in improving audit quality.
A proposed update to auditor independence rules relaxes restraints on affiliate relationships and initial public offerings.
An updated cloud computing standard from the Financial Accounting Standards Board will clarify expenses associated with Web hosting arrangements for cloud computing.
From antitrust and privacy concerns in the tech world to compliance officer liability in the pharmaceutical industry to unethical practices in the banking and accounting professions, more than a dozen companies made Compliance Week’s list of the biggest compliance fails in 2019.
Companies have a little more clarity from the Internal Revenue Service about how to interpret provisions under tax reform affecting executive compensation.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board announced the appointment of EY Chief Accountant Richard Jones to succeed Russell Golden as chair, effective July 1, 2020.
MetLife will pay a civil penalty of $10 million to resolve charges the insurance company violated the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of federal securities laws.
Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was granted early release from prison due to deteriorating health. Ebbers had served 13 years of a 25-year sentence for participating in one of the biggest accounting frauds in U.S. history.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued an Accounting Standards Update to finalize changes to income tax accounting meant to simplify the process.
The latest report to examine the shortcomings of the U.K. audit market recommends separating audit from the accountancy profession, among other suggested changes.
The PCAOB is accepting public comment on a potential approach to revising the board’s quality control standards in place since 2003 and outdated by modern technology.
The U.K. Serious Fraud Office has charged two individuals with fraud and false accounting concerning Serco’s electronic monitoring contract with the Ministry of Justice.
Royal Dutch Shell has announced the signing of one of the world’s first credit facilities linked to the new Secured Overnight Financing Rate.
Even for the best-prepared accounting teams, the annual audit can be a time of immense anxiety and sometimes frustration. Between client and audit team miscommunication, haphazard PBC lists, fluctuating trial balances, and the simple fact that the in-house accounting team has already moved on to a new fiscal year, it’s ...
Goodwill and other intangible assets and revenue recognition are among the most frequently communicated critical audit matters, according to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s first report on the new disclosure.
In a speech Tuesday, FASB Chairman Russell Golden laid out the accounting areas he hopes to finalize changes to before his term ends June 30, 2020.
Two former top executives of trucking company Celadon Group face civil and criminal charges for their participation in an accounting fraud scheme that inflated the company’s income and earnings per share.
Iconix Brand Group and three of its former top executives were charged by the SEC for engaging in accounting fraud. Iconix and two of the executives agreed to settle, with litigation still pending against the company’s former CEO.
Goodwill impairment recorded by U.S. public companies is on the rise. According to Duff & Phelps’ 2019 U.S. Goodwill Impairment study, it climbed 125 percent in 2018.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the additions of John Vanosdall and Paul Munter as deputy chief accountants in the accounting group and international department, respectively.
A closer look at new standards issued in May by the Auditing Standards Board will aid auditors in conferring with clients before 2020 reports arrive.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Cynthia Holder from practicing as an accountant before the Commission for her role in the long-running KPMG inspections scandal.
Biotech company MiMedx Group and three of its former top executives have been charged with defrauding investors. In response, MiMedx reshuffled its management team, including the appointment of a new general counsel and secretary.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued an update to the upcoming standard on credit losses that addresses negative allowances and expected recoveries.
A recent PCAOB open meeting reviewed details about shareholder outreach and offered a view into its five-year strategic plan.
The 2019 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer indicated investor confidence in audit committee effectiveness was strong (81 percent) and had increased 10 percentage points since the first report was issued in 2014.
Accounting and audit teams are continually being asked to interact with and coordinate compliance initiatives on a more frequent basis. For organizations juggling multiple audits, such as SOX, operational audits, or financial reporting, information redundancy, competing deadlines, and large numbers of audit requirements quickly present challenges.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued updates to its standards on hedging and share-based payments and is offering guidance on reference rate reform.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has finalized long anticipated delays in effective dates for several accounting standards, including the controversial rule on credit losses.
Research and advisory firm Gartner has released its annual “Audit Hot Spots” report, which reveals the three top risk areas for internal audit teams and chief audit executives in 2020.
Oilfield services company ProPetro Holding announced the SEC has opened an investigation into its financial disclosures and reporting.
Those in accounting who want to understand better the inherent risks, threats and vulnerabilities, and internal control best practices associated with the use of blockchain technology now have a first-of-its-kind framework to follow.
Square is discontinuing the use of adjusted revenue following receipt of a comment letter from the SEC, which has been eyeing reports for use of measures not in compliance with its updated revenue standard.
Companies applying the new standard on lease accounting need to provide more information on its effects, according to a new review by the U.K. Financial Reporting Council, which highlights where it expects companies to provide more comprehensive disclosure in their upcoming annual reports.
Following disclosure of the federal government’s investigation into allegations of sales manipulation dating back to 2017, sports apparel company Under Armour maintains its accounting practices are “appropriate.”
A first-of-its-kind report from the International Federation of Accountants shows “strong and sustained support” for both the adoption and implementation of international standards.
New deadlines for the lease accounting standard have given companies more time to overcome implementation and adoption challenges.
A new report from the U.K.’s Financial Reporting Council says the Big Four increased their combined “total fee income” by 4.7 percent—even amid a year fraught with accounting scandal.
The PCAOB, recently under fire for its lack of enforcement, has imposed sanctions on Deloitte Korea and BDO Mexico for altering audit documentation in anticipation of inspections.
Following an investigation spurred by a whistleblower letter, Mattel announced it has uncovered material weaknesses in its internal controls over financial reporting and is now working to remediate the issues.
The Big Four’s dominance of the U.K. audit market has grown even further in the past year, according to the Financial Reporting Council’s latest report.
Big Four audit firm EY has been accused of covering up evidence of smuggling by an organized crime gang that was laundering British drug money through gold dealings, according to an investigation by the BBC.