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The Institute’s accounting standards staff, with the assistance of industry experts, releases the sixth set in a series of questions and answers on financial accounting and reporting issues related to Statement of Position 97-2, Software Revenue Recognition. The entire series is available at www.aicpa.org/members/div/acctstd/general/othitem.htm and is included in the AICPA publication, Technical Practice Aids, which can be ordered by calling 888-777-7077.

An AcSEC exposure draft of a proposed Statement of Position, Accounting for Real Estate Time-Sharing Transactions, addresses diversity in practice due to a lack of guidance on this subject. A related exposure draft of a proposed FASB statement with the same title includes amendments to certain board pronouncements that would be made in conjunction with AcSEC’s issuance of a final statement of position. Comments on both proposals, which are accessible at www. aicpa.org/members/div/acctstd/edo/index.htm, are due April 30.

The AICPA issues a draft of a practice aid, Valuation of Privately-Held-Company Equity Securities Issued in Other Than a Business Combination ( www.aicpa.org/members/div/acctstd/index.htm ). Comments are due April 23.

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