NEWS

GASB seeks comment on several issues

GASB issued an omnibus exposure draft covering accounting and financial reporting issues identified during the implementation of previous GASB guidance.

FASB considering goodwill accounting changes

FASB issued an Invitation to Comment on whether the board should make changes to the accounting for certain identifiable intangible assets acquired in a business combination and subsequent accounting for goodwill.

Final rules permit truncated TINs on W-2s

As part of its effort to reduce identity theft, the IRS issued final rules permitting employers to provide truncated taxpayer identification numbers on Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, they provide to employees.

Advocacy update: Testifying on the ERISA audit process

The audit process can help employee benefit plan administrators fulfill their fiduciary duties, according to testimony by James Haubrock, CPA, chair of the executive committee of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center.

Supreme Court holds North Carolina cannot tax trust

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision holding that North Carolina’s attempt to tax a trust based solely on the residence of a beneficiary violates the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Quiz: Can you spot the usage and word errors?

This quiz gives you practice in identifying errors in standard grammar and usage with screenshots of material posted online. In the answers, we’ve used terms that you might not have heard beyond English grammar and composition classes.

Virtual currency not FBAR reportable (at least for now)

The AICPA Virtual Currency Task Force reached out to Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to help practitioners answer the question of whether virtual currency (or cryptocurrency) must be reported on FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

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A new line of business to consider

Technology assessments may open the door to new engagement opportunities for your firm. What is a technology assessment? How do you perform one? JofA Tech Q&A author J. Carlton Collins shows you in a detailed explanation.

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Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.