Accounting & reporting

Revenue recognition: Tips for challenging circumstances

Certain issues related to revenue recognition are causing enough application problems that the Financial Accounting Standards Board may choose to adjust the standard. But in the meantime, financial statement preparers need to apply the current rules correctly.

Spring-loaded awards merit accounting scrutiny, SEC staff says

“Spring-loaded” awards are share-based compensation that companies award to executives shortly before announcing market-moving information. The SEC staff says that when measuring compensation, companies must consider the impact that the information will have upon release.

FASB provides new private company practical expedient

Private companies that issue equity-classified share-based awards will be able to elect a practical expedient and use the reasonable application of a reasonable valuation method to determine the current price input of these awards offered as compensation, according to a new standard issued by FASB.

Creating the right visuals for your data

Two leading figures in the field of data visualization explain how CPAs can best use visual depictions of numbers and how history’s “heroes of visual thinking” transformed numbers into images that carry ideas and meaning.

Lease accounting: Private companies on the clock after delay

Following a pandemic-related delay, the new standard takes effect for entities within the “all other entities” category for fiscal years starting after Dec. 15, 2021, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2022.

Marie Brilmyer, CPA

Successful leaders know how to listen and help others make the most of their abilities, according to Marie Brilmyer, CPA, a partner with Cohen & Company in Akron, Ohio.

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Get your clients ready for tax season

Upon its enactment in March, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) introduced many new tax changes, some of which retroactively affected 2020 returns. Making the right moves now can help you mitigate any surprises heading into 2022.

100th ANNIVERSARY

Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.