NEWS

5 steps for advising clients during COVID-19 crisis

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing unprecedented economic turmoil, small businesses need financial guidance and expertise more than ever before. CPAs and firms can provide that assistance by following a five-step process.

SEC updates staff guidance on shareholder meetings

Responding to travel, mailing and other issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC has published updated staff guidance on shareholder meetings for companies and other issuers of public stock.

AICPA posts 20 FAQs on tax filing relief

The AICPA posted FAQs explaining the latest developments in taxpayer relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AICPA has recommended that the IRS and Treasury Department expand the scope of recently announced taxpayer relief.

ASB to consider one-year deferral of effective dates

The AICPA Auditing Standards Board will consider on April 20 on whether to defer for one year the effective dates of Statements on Auditing Standards No. 134 through 140. The deferral is being considered to give firms relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.

SBA issues details for Paycheck Protection Program loans

The US Small Business Administration has released an interim final rule providing additional guidance and requirements for the program. The final rule includes a number of changes, including a doubling of the loans’ interest rate from 0.5% to 1%.

Going concern tips for auditors during the pandemic

The going concern basis of accounting is likely to be used more frequently as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is what auditors need to know as they fulfill their duties related to going concern.

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VIDEO

Excel walk-through: Sparklines

Want to liven up your spreadsheets with some color and graphical elements? Kelly L. Williams, CPA, Ph.D., shows how to use Excel sparklines, which illustrate data trends and patterns via small charts that fit in a single Excel cell.