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Implementing the New Accounting Rules for Leases

Implementing the New Accounting Rules for Leases

Private companies must adopt the new lease accounting standard starting in 2022. This article includes important information that companies should be aware of as they update their processes and systems to reflect the changes.

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Robust internal controls are essential today

Robust internal controls are essential today

Internal controls have been a hot button issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as remote working arrangements have become more common. This article discusses the importance of evaluating internal controls over financial reporting.

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Should your company buy or lease equipment?

Should your company buy or lease equipment?

Businesses periodically need to add equipment to grow their operations and replace outdated assets. This article discusses factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or lease equipment, including how recent changes to the lease accounting and federal income tax rules have muddied the waters.

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How to pick a qualified employee benefit plan auditor

How to pick a qualified  employee benefit plan auditor

ERISA generally requires employee benefit plans with 100 or more participants to have their annual reports audited. Plan administrators have fiduciary responsibilities to hire independent qualified public accountants to perform quality audits.

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Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements: No Written Assertion, No Problem

Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements: No Written Assertion, No Problem

The AICPA's Auditing Standards Board ("ASB") issued a revised attestation standard in December 2019. The revised standard gives accountants more flexibility when performing agreed-upon procedures ("AUP") engagements.

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How a not-for-profit should prepare for a financial audit

How a not-for-profit should prepare for a financial audit

Outside financial audits may seem like an extravagance to not-for-profits working to contain costs and focus on their mission. However, undergoing regular audits allows an organization to identify risks early and act quickly to prevent problems.

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Measuring the fair value of equity-based awards

Measuring the fair value of equity-based awards

Equity-based compensation awards can help companies attract skilled workers and boost performance. But accounting for these payments can be complicated and costly.

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How strong are the internal controls of your company?

How strong are the internal controls of your company?

A solid system of internal controls translates into more reliable financial reporting and can help companies prevent, detect and correct financial misstatements.

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Best Practices for Audit Committees

Best Practices for Audit Committees

In January 2019, the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions published a report intended to promote audit quality. It outlines best practices for audit committees.

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Revenue Recognition Contracts: Part 4

Revenue Recognition Contracts: Part 4

This article addresses steps 4 and 5 of the new revenue recognition model: allocation of the transaction price to performance obligations and recognizing revenue when, or as, performance obligations are satisfied.

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Revenue Recognition Contracts: Part 3

Revenue Recognition Contracts: Part 3

This step of the revenue standard addresses the determination of the transaction price in a contract arrangement. Topic 606 defines the transaction price as "the amount of consideration to which an entity expects to be entitled in exchange for transferring promised goods or services to a customer."

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Revenue Recognition Contracts: Part 2

Revenue Recognition Contracts: Part 2

In this article we dive deeper into steps 1 and 2 of the Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers: identify the contract with a customer and identify the separate performance obligations in the contract.

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