Auditing

ASB changes align GAAS with PCAOB standards

The AICPA Auditing Standards Board voted to issue a new standard that will more closely align generally accepted auditing standards and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s standards.

SEC urges consistency in non-GAAP reporting

Companies need to adhere to policies and controls that reinforce quality in non-GAAP reporting and KPIs, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton and Chief Accountant Wes Bricker said at the AICPA Conference on SEC and PCAOB Developments.

What ‘dry runs’ reveal about critical audit matters

The new reporting model for public company audits requires practitioners to disclose “critical audit matters” that arise during their work. A new Center for Audit Quality report examines the results of “dry runs” that are designed to help firms develop methodologies for determining and reporting critical audit matters.

International audit standard addresses estimates

A newly released international auditing standard for auditing accounting estimates and related disclosures is designed to help auditors keep pace with changes in accounting standards for loan provisions and insurance contracts.

Critical audit matters coming into focus

As public company auditors prepare to deliver new information in auditors’ reports, firms need to develop consistent processes for determining what should be disclosed.

NEWS

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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