Government Accounting


The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued an exposure draft, Sales and Pledges of Receivables and Future Revenues, that would establish criteria for governments to determine whether the proceeds from certain transactions—such as the sale of delinquent taxes, specific mortgages, student loans or upcoming payments from tobacco liability settlements—should be reported as revenue from a sale or as collateralized borrowing resulting in a liability ( www.gasb.org/exp/ed_sales&pledges.pdf ). Comments are due December 30, 2005.

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IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.