Government Accounting


The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pollution Remediation Obligations, an exposure draft (ED) that specifies five circumstances—any of which would require a government to estimate its obligations to address the current or potential detrimental effects of existing pollution ( www.gasb.org/exp/exdfpg.html ). The ED also establishes a probability-weighted method—the expected cash-flow technique—to estimate liabilities, expenses and expenditures. If approved, the ED’s requirements would be effective for financial statements covering periods beginning after June 15, 2007. Comments are due May 1, 2006.

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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.