Financial accounting and reporting

SEC approves CEO pay ratio rule

The SEC approved a new rule requiring U.S. public companies to disclose the ratio between their CEO’s compensation and that of their median employee.

Revenue recognition implementation concerns finance executives

A recent KPMG survey shows that 64% of U.S. companies are uncertain about the path they’ll take to adopt the new, converged revenue recognition standard. Also, regulation is cited as the top compliance concern for 51% of corporate finance executives.

New conflict minerals guidance developed

New questions and answers developed by the AICPA Conflict Minerals Task Force provide nonauthoritative guidance to practitioners performing independent private-sector audit engagements of conflict minerals reports.

6 tips for integrated thinking

Here are six ways companies can adopt integrated thinking and decision-making processes that are fundamental to the creation of an integrated report.

Risk with donor pledges

In the white paper Measurement of Fair Value for Certain Transactions of Not-For-Profit Entities, the AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) provides guidance to not-for-profits on considering risk when determining the fair value of a donor’s unconditional promise to give. Considerations may include: Assess the donor’s ability to pay. Check

Asset-Based Financing Basics

Once considered financing of last resort, asset-based lending and factoring have become popular choices for companies that do not have the credit rating or track record to qualify for more traditional types of financing. In general terms, asset-based lending is any kind of borrowing secured by an asset of the

Presentation of Patient Service Revenue Changed for Health Care Entities

FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) containing amendments that require health care entities to change the presentation of their statement of operations by reclassifying the provision for bad debts associated with patient service revenue from an operating expense to a deduction from patient service revenue (net of contractual allowances

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Keeping client information safe in an age of scams and security threats

A look at the Dirty Dozen tax scams and ways to protect taxpayer information.

TECHNOLOGY Q&A

How to create maps in Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel 2016 has two new mapping capabilities. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, demonstrates how to make masterful 2D and 3D maps in Excel 2016.

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.