When Do You Capitalize Interest?

Under the accrual basis of accounting, interest is capitalized in association with the financing of assets an organization constructs for internal use or for assets that are constructed with the intent to sell or lease upon completion. Interest is only capitalized during the period under which the asset is being prepared for its intended use. …

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Recognition and Measurement of Debt and Equity Securities

Many not-for-profit organizations receive donations in the form of assets other than cash. Therefore, it’s important to know the proper way to report these donations on your financial statements. Donated investment assets (such as stock) should initially be recorded at fair value. As long as the securities are an asset of the organization, the value …

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How Does GASB Measure Fair Value?

In response to stakeholders requesting more clarity regarding Fair Value standards, GASB developed new guidance by issuing Statement No. 72. The new guidance is designed to provide additional information regarding the measurement of Assets and Liabilities and to help financial statement readers make better, more informed decisions. GASB Statement No. 72, Fair Value Measurement and …

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Properly Classifying Property Held for Sale

Proper classification of assets on your entity’s statement of financial position (SOFP) and disclosure in the footnotes is important for both accuracy and transparency purposes. The users of your financial statements should know all significant purposes and uses of the assets listed. When you contact a broker to sell any property, you may need to …

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In Federal Tax Court Your Report Is Your Testimony

The level of detail and the manner of explanation in a valuation report for tax compliance purposes is extremely important as the report serves as the expert’s direct testimony in Federal Tax Court. It’s interesting to observe the important steps that families take to protect their assets – hiring top wealth management teams, tax consultants, …

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Plan Transfers

In today’s market the mergers and acquisitions of businesses are on the rise.  If the company maintaining your 401(k) plan is purchased, or merges with another company, what issues should you be considering?  There are risks associated with the accounting of plan transfers that the plan administrator should be aware of.  Plan transfer risks include: …

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Why is the Auditor Really Asking about Misappropriation of Assets?

Ideally, as auditors, we rotate the staff we question during our annual audit internal control assessments.  Typically, we inquire of their knowledge of fraud, including such things as “misappropriation of assets.”  In some cases, lower level staff members of the auditee have difficulty coming up with answers, and will offer a negative response without appearing …

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To Defer or not Defer, that is the GASB? Part 1 – A look into GASB 63 and 65

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has recently issued two GASB Statements that will affect the way a governmental entity presents its financial statements going forward.  Those GASB statements are GASBS 63 and GASBS 65.  We have broken this blog into two blogs.  Part I will discuss the ramifications of GASBS 63 and Part II will …

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Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) Addition to the Financial Statement Elements and Implementation of GASB 65

GASB has added two elements to the original five financial statement elements.  GASB Statement No. 65 Items Previously Reported as Assets and Liabilities, issue guidance on using the new elements.  The two new elements are Deferred Outflows of Resources and Deferred Inflow of Resources.  GASB’s seven financial statement elements are defined as follows: Assets- resources …

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8 Essential Elements of an Exit Strategy for Business Owners: Part III

Develop a Strong Management Team The development of a strong management team is usually a necessary consideration in the preparation of an exit strategy. This helps to ensure a smooth transition with some continuity of leadership and talent. One consideration is whether, and when, the owner replaces himself/herself as the CEO. An outside person may …

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