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Big changes to lease accounting, are you ready?

Remember in 2016, when the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released an accounting standard update regarding the accounting for leases (Topic 842)? Seemed like the new standard was well in the distance. Well, these changes are just around the corner and all companies should be thinking and planning for the impacts the changes to lease …

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New revenue recognition standard, time to get ready

Accounting standards are constantly evolving, with new ones issued from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) every year. Many times, they have no impact to most private companies. However, the FASB’s new revenue recognition standard is expected to have one of the most far-reaching impacts seen in quite some time. Even if it doesn’t change …

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The new lease standard…5 things you MUST know now

By now, you’ve sat through session after session discussing the impending lease standard. There are certainly the mechanics behind all of it; discount this, debit that, blah, blah, blah. Those of you who are dedicated ledger jockeys have it all squared away. For the rest of us, here are the practical business considerations that you …

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AZ Prop 206 and accounting for unused vacation, sick pay

In November 2016, Prop 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act was approved. The Act established a new state minimum wage effective January 1, 2017 and entitled employees to accrued earned paid sick time beginning July 1, 2017. This newly required accrued sick time may have an impact on your year-end accruals. A few …

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The importance of understanding your cash flow

Cash is King! That’s what we all learn in Accounting 101. And every business owner knows that cash is the heartbeat of the business. Profitable companies can go out of business because they do not have enough cash on hand to pay their debts. This makes it all the more important that you know exactly …

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How to account for subsequent events

Financial statements generally report on a company’s financial position for a specified period of time or reporting period. However, sometimes transactions will occur after the reporting period has ended and the point in time when the financial statements are ready to be issued. These transactions may influence a user of the financial statements opinion on …

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Year-end physical inventory count instructions

The year-end physical inventory count can be a daunting task for companies that have large amounts of inventory. Having a successful physical inventory count relies heavily on planning, emphasis and direction provided by management. There can be significant ramifications to an unsuccessful inventory count such as recounts of total inventory, material adjustments to accounting records, …

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The basics of preventing fraud in any business

Upon hearing the term “fraud,” companies like Enron and Worldcom typically come to mind. While it’s usually these large, complex cases that get the public’s attention, the truth is that numerous forms of fraud can run rampant in any type of organization. In fact, a study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) reported …

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New method of accounting for credit losses

A number of Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”) will become effective in the next few years, and perhaps most notable among them are the new lease and revenue recognition standards. ASU 2016-13, which introduces ASC 326 to the codification, will also be impactful and is worth taking note of. While the new standard will not be …

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Does your company have a capitalization policy?

When undergoing an audit, one question the auditors may ask is “does the company have a fixed asset capitalization policy?” While having a written capitalization policy in place will make your auditor happy, it will also help simplify the accounting for fixed asset purchases. Establishing a capitalization policy helps keep the treatment of property additions, …

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