Financial Reporting

AICPA Board Chairman James G. Castellano testified in February before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of accounting, auditing and financial reporting reforms. He called for a modernized financial reporting model, more frequent reporting, revised accounting rules for special purpose entities, a new auditing standard enabling auditors to better detect financial statement fraud and a requirement that companies’ management ensure and testify to the effectiveness of their internal control systems, with subsequent auditor reporting on the effectiveness of management’s assertion. ( )

FASB Chairman Edmund L. Jenkins, who testified before the same House committee, said in the second quarter the board will propose guidance on consolidated reporting for special purpose entities.


6 key areas of change for accountants and auditors

New accounting standards on revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses present implementation challenges. This independently-written report identifies the hurdles that accounting professionals face and provides tips for overcoming the challenges.


How tax reform will impact individual taxpayers

Amy Wang, a CPA who is a senior technical manager for tax advocacy at the AICPA, answers to some of the most common questions on how the new tax reform law will impact individual taxpayers.