Accounting & Auditing


AICPA best practices for conducting remote audits in uncertain times


Auditors facing higher audit risks and new accounting and reporting issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and downturns in the economy have some new guidance from the AICPA.


FRC sanctions KPMG, former senior partner for audit failings


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council has reprimanded and fined KPMG and one of its former senior partners for a failure to exercise “sufficient professional skepticism” and for failure to obtain “sufficient appropriate audit evidence.”


FASB to address coronavirus impact at April meeting


The Financial Accounting Standards Board announced its intent to meet April 8 and address standard-setting issues related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


How to account for coronavirus impact during CECL implementation


The challenge facing companies that choose to report CECL in the first quarter despite reporting relief announced Friday is how to reasonably reflect the potential effects of the coronavirus in estimates of current expected credit losses.


CECL delayed amid U.S. government’s coronavirus response


FASB’s controversial standard on credit losses was dealt two significant blows Friday as the U.S. government scrambles to respond to the financial impact of the escalating coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus pandemic elicits opposing views on CECL, TDRs


Two regulatory chairs are battling over whether a delay is needed for financial institutions to implement the updated credit loss standard; also expressed are opposing views on how loan modifications should be viewed in terms of troubled debt restructurings.


PCAOB grants auditors 45-day relief period from inspections

2020-03-24T14:45:00+00:00By DeAnn Orie

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is giving audit firms a maximum 45-day relief period from the inspection process during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Coronavirus begins disrupting public companies’ financial reporting


Companies are reporting ways in which the coronavirus pandemic is hurting their bottom lines, as well as steps they are taking to reduce spending as disruptions ripple through their supply chains and rattle their customer bases.


PCAOB vet Mark Adler to depart


The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board announced Mark Adler, former acting director of its Division of Enforcement and Investigations, is leaving after more than nine years with the agency.


SEC filer definition changes aim to promote going public


The SEC’s revisions to definitions of accelerated and large accelerated filers should provide relief to smaller issuers and reduce costs for certain public companies.


New FASB guidance eases transition from LIBOR


FASB has issued a temporary standards update intended to reduce the costs and complexities surrounding reference rate reform.


White paper: 5 Ways to Reduce Document Sprawl During Audits

2020-03-17T10:03:00+00:00Provided by

Reduce document sprawl by automating your file request, sharing, and tracking processes


PwC survey: Finance leaders worried about global recession


The potential for the coronavirus outbreak to lead to a global recession topped the list of concerns among finance leaders based in the United States and Mexico, according to a new survey released by PwC.


AICPA calls for IRS to provide tax relief during coronavirus pandemic


AICPA seeks extended filing deadlines to reassure clients struggling with uncertainty during coronavirus pandemic.


FASB issues improvements to financial instruments guidance, including CECL


FASB has issued an accounting standards update amending several financial instruments topics in order to provide more clarity and improve on such standards as current expected credit losses.


Audit client turnover 2019: Deloitte dominates; KPMG, EY, PwC falter


For the fifth consecutive year, Deloitte net positive in new SEC audit engagements while the rest of its Big Four peers saw net decreases in clients, according to the latest annual study from Audit Analytics.

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e-Book: Trends, tips, and transparency: Internal Audit

2020-03-09T12:31:00+00:00Provided by

In this e-Book, Compliance Week explores auditor reporting standards issued in May by the Auditing Standards Board to help companies get a head start on their rapidly approaching 2020 reports.

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White paper: The Dramatic Impact of the New Lease Accounting Standards

2020-03-06T14:00:00+00:00Provided by

The new lease accounting standards – ASC 842, IFRS 16 and GASB 87 – impact companies of all sizes and industries.


KPMG names firm veteran as U.S. CEO


KPMG has named Paul Knopp—who has been with the company for 36 years—to be its next U.S. chair and chief executive officer.

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Newell Brands facing SEC subpoena over sales, accounting practices


Newell Brands disclosed in a regulatory filing it is facing a Securities and Exchange Commission subpoena over its sales and accounting practices, particularly related to the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets.

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Accountant pleads guilty in DOJ Panama Papers probe


A U.S-based accountant who was charged alongside three others for their alleged roles in a decades-long criminal scheme perpetrated by Panama-headquartered law firm Mossack Fonseca and related entities has pleaded guilty.


FASB agenda on hold amid chair transition


Outgoing FASB Chair Russell Golden said at a Financial Accounting Foundation meeting this week the rulemaker will look to get his successor, Richard Jones, settle before determining its second-quarter agenda.


Benchmarking report: New lease accounting rules having seismic effect on balance sheets


In LeaseQuery’s first benchmarking analysis of lease liabilities, it found balance sheet liabilities increased nearly 16 times as operating leases came onto the balance sheet for the first time upon adoption of ASC 842.


SEC settles with RSM over improper conduct


The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled charges with RSM for “improper professional conduct” after the firm assigned unqualified staff to audit a series of private investment funds.


FRC sends letter to Big Four outlining ‘operational separation’


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council penned a letter to the Big Four outlining expectations for how the auditors should go about separating their audit work from their consultancy business.


Big Four score: EY, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte among Fortune's 100 best companies list


Fortune’s 2020 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For is out, and accounting firms are again among them. All four of the Big Four firms are in the top 50, as is Plante Moran.


SEC subpoenas Mattel in accounting probe


Mattel announced it has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking documents related to a previously disclosed investigation that had uncovered accounting errors.

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Regulatory events coming this spring

2020-02-25T20:31:00+00:00By DeAnn Orie

Check out information on upcoming events from such regulators as the SEC, FINRA, CFPB, and more.


FRC to review how U.K. companies, auditors address climate change


The U.K. Financial Reporting Council announced it will begin reviewing the extent to which U.K. companies and auditors are responding to the impact of climate change to ensure reporting requirements are being met.


SEC: Potential impact of coronavirus on audit quality


The SEC and PCAOB have issued a joint statement updating their recent conversations with audit firm leaders on audit quality oversight challenges in China, including the potential impact of the coronavirus on financial disclosures and audit quality.


Tax planning opportunities for 2020 lead to potential tax savings


Grant Thornton has released guidance on tax planning for both public and private companies to help them get started by asking the right questions.


FASB Chairman Golden’s agenda setting 101


Have you ever wondered how FASB decides what issues to include in its technical agenda? Chairman Russell Golden explained recently the process for identifying the right accounting issues to address.


Spirit AeroSystems faces class action over accounting woes


In the wake of an ongoing accounting probe and the resignation of two top finance executives, Spirit AeroSystems is facing a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders.


Powell: Legislation to address LIBOR transition unlikely


Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress he does not expect federal legislation will be needed to address the demise of the London Interbank Offered Rate, which is set to expire in 2021.


Big banks start to report CECL impacts


Fourth-quarter earnings calls of large U.S. public financial institutions provide insights into FASB’s current expected credit loss (CECL) standard.

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FASB Q&A tackles revenue recognition implementation


Determining transaction price and identifying performance obligations are among the most challenging implementation issues in accounting for revenue recognition, according to recent guidance from FASB.


Benefits of sustainability reporting: takeaways for accounting


A former FASB member and current board member at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board offers tips to accountants facing a heightened investor interest in sustainability.

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Spirit AeroSystems CFO resigns amid accounting probe


The chief financial officer and principal accounting officer at aerospace giant Spirit AeroSystems have resigned amid an ongoing accounting probe triggered by a compliance review.


Can CPA firms help with new revenue recognition standard?


Robert Durak of the AICPA provides seven requests companies should make of their auditors when tackling revenue recognition implementation to avoid putting auditor independence at risk.


Study: Adopting lease accounting could hurt stock prices


A new study from Florida International University professors says retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Foot Locker, and Abercrombie & Fitch—that have a significant use of operating leases—reported abnormal stock returns when they disclosed earnings.

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Webcast: Understanding risks & compliance

2020-01-23T14:04:00+00:00Provided by

Fraud and restatements are happening every day, and it’s important to recognize that your company is consistently exposed to risk. Change is constant, and the stakes are high.

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SEC charges Hill International with accounting fraud


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.


Audit fees level off in 2018, study shows


Public company audit fees remained virtually unchanged in 2018, according to the latest annual study by Audit Analytics.


FASB issues first ASU of 2020


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.


SEC bars former KPMG leader atop ‘chain of corruption’


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.


Tip sheet: 2020 priorities for accounting and audit regulators


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.


Chartered IIA publishes new Internal Audit Code of Practice


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.


Hot topics for 2019 year-end audits


As auditors get ready for year-end audits, internal controls and new accounting standards are on their radar.

Chartered IIA names interim CEO

2020-01-07T20:50:00+00:00By Scuttlebutt

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors announced the appointment of John Wood as interim CEO.


PCAOB: Best practices in improving audit quality


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.