Financial Reporting


 


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FINANCIAL REPORTING

Following the World Trade Center's destruction, airlines, hotels, insurers and other financial services companies wrestle with financial reporting issues related to the disaster. In response, FASB's emerging issues task force takes tentative positions on when financial statements should classify as extraordinary certain losses or other costs related to the incident, when to recognize such losses or costs and whether financial statements should provide additional information about the attack's economic consequences. (www.fasb.org/eitf/issue01-10.pdf)

The Financial Executives International and the National Investor Relations Institute together issue best practices to help companies comply with SEC Regulation FD, which requires them to share earnings guidance and other material information equally with all market participants. For example, according to one recommendation, a company should offer as much guidance in its quarterly news releases as it is comfortable providing. (www.niri.org/publications/alerts/EA091001.cfm)

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QUIZ

News quiz: IRS enforcement, a hot job, and audit value

The IRS’s 2016 Data Book, a “hot job” of particular interest at this time of year, and insight into how executive and audit committees view the insights from financial statement audits received attention recently. See how much you know with this short quiz.