Accounting & reporting

Laura Felice, CPA, CGMA

Asking good questions and providing direction for strategic decisions is essential for finance employees in today’s business environment, according to Laura Felice, CPA, CGMA, senior vice president and controller at BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc.

Answers to 4 common accounting and auditing questions

New FASB rules have led to a host of new accounting and auditing questions for financial statement preparers and auditors. Some of the most frequently asked questions were answered at the AICPA’s ENGAGE 2020 virtual conference.

AICPA issues nonauthoritative guidance on auditing digital assets

Accounting firms should consider many factors when considering whether to accept auditing engagements that involve digital assets such as cryptoassets. Nonauthoritative guidance published by the AICPA helps firms evaluate whether such engagements are worth the risks.

GASB issues pandemic-related accounting guidance

GASB issued a technical bulletin to help state and local governments apply existing standards to transactions related to coronavirus relief legislation and certain outflows incurred in response to the pandemic.

Handling nondisclosure compilations amid the pandemic

Compilations of financial statements that omit substantially all disclosures can provide challenges for CPAs as the pandemic hurts clients’ businesses. Here’s how CPAs can handle the challenging judgments in these engagements.

SEC staff guidance addresses pandemic-related disclosures

Public companies need to carefully consider their obligations in disclosing the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on their operations, liquidity, and capital resources, according to staff guidance issued by the SEC Division of Corporation Finance.

Pandemic considerations for EBP financial statements

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on employee benefit plan financial statements. Preparers and auditors need to carefully consider going concern implications, CARES Act implications and more.

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Get your clients ready for tax season

These year-end tax planning strategies address recent tax law changes enacted to help taxpayers deal with the pandemic, such as tax credits for sick leave and family leave and new rules for retirement plan distributions, as well as techniques for putting your clients in the best possible tax position.

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