Accounting & Auditing


Audit

SEC explores possible new rules on auditor independence

2019-09-20T14:10:00+01:00By

The Securities and Exchange Commission is exploring the possibility of new rulemaking regarding auditor independence.

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Banks finalize CECL prep, but others have work to do

2019-09-19T18:37:00+01:00By

Big banks are making progress in preparing for CECL, but non-bank operating companies are likely to face a heavier lift as they approach the fourth quarter.

Uphill

LIBOR report suggests steep uphill climb still ahead

2019-09-18T16:20:00+01:00By

Despite warnings to prepare, financial institutions still face a lot of work and uncertainty around the demise of LIBOR, a new assessment suggests.

Poll

Lease rule implementation still a slog, poll says

2019-09-16T17:08:00+01:00By

Halfway through the first year reporting under new lease accounting rules, only one-fourth of public companies said their implementations were complete, according to a recent Deloitte poll.

Guide

Auditors develop practice aid to compare notes on CECL

2019-09-13T19:11:00+01:00By

Auditors are comparing notes on how they will interact with audit committees regarding CECL, developing a practice aid that might also interest preparers.

Shareholders

EY analysis: Audit committees increasing their disclosures to shareholders

2019-09-12T17:42:00+01:00By

Audit committees continue to increase the amount of disclosures they are providing to shareholders across a wide variety of categories, according to a recent analysis conducted by EY.

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Webcast: Reducing time, cost & risk with accounting automation

2019-09-12T17:34:00+01:00Provided by

Company management and their auditors might not see eye to eye on everything. But clients and their third-party examiners typically agree that the audit process could be improved.

KPMG

Ex-KPMG leader atop 'chain of corruption' gets a year and a day in jail

2019-09-11T20:28:00+01:00By

A former KPMG leader was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to subvert the regulatory inspection process.

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Merrill Lynch to pay $300K for failing to ‘promptly’ produce audit trail data

2019-09-11T18:44:00+01:00By

Merrill Lynch must pay a $300,000 civil monetary penalty for failing to promptly produce to the CFTC certain required records and, separately, failing to supervise its employees and agents.

Audit

PCAOB sanctions Marcum over auditor independence issues

2019-09-11T17:59:00+01:00By

The PCAOB has settled disciplinary actions with audit firm Marcum, an affiliated firm, and its former auditor independence leader over independence violations.

Investors

Investors want more from banks on CECL, says FASB member

2019-09-09T20:39:00+01:00By

Investors want more information from leading banks over how financial statements will be affected by the adoption of the new CECL approach to credit losses.

Derivatives

FASB offers changes to ease reference rate transition

2019-09-09T17:49:00+01:00By

FASB is proposing guidance intended to ease the potential accounting burden companies expect to face as they navigate reference rate reform.

Scolding

Government watchdog group targets PCAOB performance

2019-09-06T13:51:00+01:00By

The PCAOB is taking heat from a government watchdog group, which says the audit regulator is “doing a feeble job” protecting investors.

TechMigration

Migration to new SOX technology picks up pace, report says

2019-09-05T17:00:00+01:00By

Amid persistent cost and compliance challenges with internal controls, the pace of migration toward new accounting technologies appears to be picking up.

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Unclaimed property filing deadlines loom large

2019-09-04T17:23:00+01:00By

Deadlines are fast approaching for state unclaimed property filings, with roughly 40 states setting filing dates on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1.

Caution

Auditors ID 1.8 CAMs per large accelerated filer, report says

2019-09-03T16:59:00+01:00By

Large accelerated filers saw an average of 1.8 issues called out as critical audit matters in their first round of reporting, according to a new analysis.

GE

GE whistleblower report shines light on insurance liability

2019-08-29T19:31:00+01:00By

Recent whistleblower allegations against GE have put a spotlight on mounting liabilities that will hit corporate balance sheets when insurance accounting rules shift.

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e-Book: CECL: A look at FASB’s new credit loss standard

2019-08-29T12:22:00+01:00Provided by

The Financial Accounting Standard Board’s new accounting standard on current expected credit loss, or CECL, takes effect January 2020 for large public companies.

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KPMG CEO elects not to seek second term

2019-08-28T12:39:00+01:00By

Lynne Doughtie, chairman and CEO of KPMG, has decided she will not seek re-election when her term expires next summer.

SEC

SEC settles with RSM over audit independence issues

2019-08-27T18:01:00+01:00By

The SEC has settled charges with RSM related to numerous auditor independence violations, spanning more than 100 audit reports across 15 clients.

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SAExploration ousts senior leadership amid SEC probe

2019-08-26T18:52:00+01:00By

SAExploration Holdings announced the SEC has launched an investigation into areas of its accounting from 2015-16. The company also disclosed a significant reshuffling of its senior leadership team.

Revenue

Revenue recognition drove 2018 restatements, new report says

2019-08-26T18:14:00+01:00By

Revenue recognition drove more restatements in 2018 than in prior years and caused more restatements than any other area of accounting, a new study finds.

Guidance

PCAOB issues new guidance on auditing estimates

2019-08-23T17:14:00+01:00By

The PCAOB has issued new guidance to auditors about how to comply with new rules on auditing estimates, supervising specialists, and relying on their work.

United Kingdom

Amid industry crackdown, U.K. audit firms evolving with the times

2019-08-23T16:45:00+01:00By

It’s been an intense year for the audit industry in the United Kingdom—and things are expected only to get tougher as a new audit regulator, with new leadership and stronger statutory powers, prepares to take the reins.

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Webcast: Why T&E audit is more than policy compliance

2019-08-22T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Organizations are failing to solve the employee-spend challenge as travel and expense (T&E) transactions continue to suffer from non-compliance and fraud. Companies also have unnecessarily high audit costs and inadequate risk coverage thanks to manual testing of T&E transactions.

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FASB plans delay for new insurance standard

2019-08-21T20:21:00+01:00By

FASB is proposing another accounting delay, this time for a standard that will change the way companies recognize long-term insurance obligations.

Whistle

Is whistleblowing working? New claims raise questions

2019-08-21T19:43:00+01:00By

Sweeping, open allegations of fraud against major public companies raise fresh questions about the effectiveness of regulatory whistleblower programs.

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Webcast: Getting the audit scores you want

2019-08-20T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Many organizations today need to adhere to stringent audit and compliance rules to prove they’re following established guidelines and regulations. An automated compliance approach centralizes audit information, and provides easier access to key controls and status. Furthermore, automation can reduce labor intensive costs and non-value-added time often associated with manual ...

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Sealed Air dumps EY & hires PwC, as SEC investigates

2019-08-20T13:35:00+01:00By

Under investigation over how it appointed EY, Sealed Air cut ties with its auditor and appointed PwC after clearing independence concerns.

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GE rails against new whistleblower allegations of fraud

2019-08-16T18:26:00+01:00By

GE picks apart new whistleblower allegations of $38 billion accounting fraud. “Market manipulation—pure and simple,” says Chairman and CEO Larry Culp.

Federal Reserve

Fed study minimizes lending, volatility concerns of CECL

2019-08-16T13:26:00+01:00By

A new analysis out of the Federal Reserve suggests concerns over the expected economic effects of CECL, the new rule on credit losses, may be overstated.

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FASB formally proposes accounting change delays, including CECL

2019-08-15T17:34:00+01:00By

FASB is formally proposing major changes to effective dates for several significant accounting standards, including a CECL delay for smaller reporting companies.

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Market punishes auditors who flag control issues, study says

2019-08-13T18:19:00+01:00By

Auditors walk a fine line in reporting adverse internal controls, straddling regulators when they fail to flag weaknesses but punished in the market when they do.

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Regulatory events coming this fall

2019-08-12T20:57:00+01:00By DeAnn Orie

Check out information on upcoming events from such regulators as the PCAOB, FDIC, SEC, DOJ, and more.

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White paper: ASC 842 and IFRS 16: 5 Lessons Learned for a Smoother Transition

2019-08-12T18:35:00+01:00Provided by

The long-term impact of the new lease accounting compliance standards has yet to be seen, but the implementation issues facing many entities have become increasingly evident.

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Former KPMG, PCAOB leader gets prison time in inspections scandal

2019-08-12T17:55:00+01:00By

A former audit inspector and executive director at KPMG was sentenced to eight months in prison after entering a guilty plea related to a scheme to steal inspection plans.

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Ex-KPMG partner to pay $125K in insider trading case

2019-08-09T16:08:00+01:00By

A former KPMG partner charged by the SEC with insider trading has been ordered to pay a civil penalty of $125,000 and suspended from appearing or practicing before the Commission as an attorney or accountant.

Taxes

Both investors, companies unhappy with FASB’s tax disclosure proposal

2019-08-09T12:46:00+01:00By

Accounting rulemakers have their work cut out for them trying to determine how to meet investors’ needs for information about corporate tax risks without breaking preparers’ backs.

Clocks

Still more work ahead on leases, says new survey

2019-08-07T18:33:00+01:00By

Midway through the first year of complying with new lease accounting rules, only a little more than half of public companies said they completed their transition.

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PCAOB fines PwC Mexico over auditor independence

2019-08-06T19:42:00+01:00By

U.S. audit regulators have fined PwC’s affiliate in Mexico for a seemingly brazen failure to observe auditor independence rules.

Microsoft

Deloitte names, describes two CAMs at Microsoft

2019-08-05T20:38:00+01:00By

Among the first to disclose critical audit matters, Microsoft’s auditor, Deloitte, identifies revenue recognition and uncertain tax positions as CAMs.

Subpoena

Investigation widens into how Sealed Air selected its audit firm

2019-08-05T19:24:00+01:00By

Packaging company Sealed Air, currently under investigation by the SEC, has received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and faces a related investigation by the DOJ.

MoneyJuggling

Fraud in non-GAAP: DOJ, SEC pursue parallel charges

2019-08-05T19:12:00+01:00By

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are pursuing fraud charges over manipulation of a non-GAAP metric at a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

Whistle

House considers creating PCAOB whistleblower program

2019-08-02T19:23:00+01:00By

The House is considering a bill that would give the PCAOB a whistleblower system under Sarbanes-Oxley like the one operated by the SEC.

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FASB allows optionality in certain lease receivables

2019-08-02T13:56:00+01:00By

FASB has issued new lease accounting guidance allowing options for how to reflect uncertain operating lease receivables, which is sure to produce reporting differences.

Accounting

FASB seeks change to liabilities, equities guidance

2019-07-31T20:31:00+01:00By

FASB has issued a proposal on the distinction between liabilities and equity meant to cut through complexity known to compromise reporting quality.

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FASB proposes fix to rules on financial instruments

2019-07-31T15:01:00+01:00By

FASB is proposing amendments to GAAP to clarify interactions among different rules on measuring investments and securities.

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SEC comments drove changes in revenue reporting, analysis says

2019-07-26T18:21:00+01:00By

SEC comments on early reports under the new revenue recognition standard tended to sway companies to revise their reporting, analysis shows.

Federal Reserve

SEC: Transition from LIBOR has taken on ‘urgency’

2019-07-25T20:25:00+01:00By

Regulators are starting to freak out a little over what will happen in U.S. financial markets in 2021 when a major benchmark interest rate is expected to vanish.

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ICFR findings rose in 2018, pending report to say

2019-07-24T18:06:00+01:00By

Adverse auditor attestations on the state of internal controls at public companies made a bit of a comeback in 2018 after a brief retreat, according to a coming report from Audit Analytics.