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Following its July decision to ban the pooling-of-interests method of accounting, FASB issues Statement no. 141, Business Combinations, which requires that companies use only the purchase method to account for business combinations initiated after June 30 of this year. At the same time, the board issues Statement no. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, which substitutes impairment testing for the amortization method of accounting for goodwill. The effective date for companies reporting on a calendar-year basis is January 1, 2002 ( ; ). (See also “Say Good-Bye to Pooling and Goodwill Amortization,” page 31, and Official Releases, page 115.)

An AcSEC exposure draft of a proposed statement of position, Accounting for Certain Costs and Activities Related to Property, Plant, and Equipment, addresses the variety of accounting methods applied to expenditures related to PP&E. A related FASB exposure draft of a proposed statement of financial accounting standards, Accounting in Interim and Annual Financial Statements for Certain Costs and Activities Related to Property, Plant and Equipment, discusses the same topic. Comments on both proposals are due by October 15 ( ).

A FASB technical bulletin, Effective Date for Certain Financial Institutions of Certain Provisions of Statement 140 Related to the Isolation of Transferred Financial Assets, defers application of the isolation standards until 2002 ( ).

The SEC issues staff accounting bulletin no. 102, Loan Loss Allowance Methodology and Documentation Issues, which offers views on the development, documentation and application of a systematic loan-loss allowance methodology, but does not change existing rules on accounting for loan-loss provisions or allowances ( ).

A new FASB standard, Statement no. 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations, requires entities to record the fair value of a liability for such an obligation in the period in which it is incurred. The statement is effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2002 ( ).


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.