Accounting for estimates

Not every financial statement item is able to be precisely measured. Often, your company will have to make a best-educated guess to account for items that are not able to be specifically determined. This is where accounting for estimates comes into play. Don’t miss: The future of auditing with artificial intelligence  Auditing standards define an …

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Are your earnings high-quality? 

Whether you are a corporate manager or an investor in the stock market, basic financial analysis is an imperative skill. When glancing at a statement of operations, revenue and earnings are typically the first items looked at. When public companies release quarterly earnings which slightly beat or miss expectations, stock prices can fluctuate greatly. Even …

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Should I be outsourcing my restaurant accounting services?

Restaurant owners wear a lot of different hats in the course of running a business. Unfortunately, accounting-related duties can easily fall by the wayside when you are being pulled in so many different directions. It often comes up at inopportune times, like when you need to better understand cash flows or get ready for tax …

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Accounting for payments and discounts to customers

Many companies sell to large, national retailers. Often, when selling to these retailers, these companies will need to make separate payments to these customers or have amounts deducted from the payments received on their invoices. However, many times we don’t see these accounted for appropriately. How should these be accounted for? It depends on the …

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Auditors get audited too?

Did you know that audit firms get audited by their peers? Just when you think that we as auditors don’t understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the table . . . think again! Firms in the practice of public accounting and members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants …

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Revenue recognition for contractors: uninstalled materials

The new revenue recognition has been discussed extensively for the past few years and while most discussions focus on the technical issues, I like to discuss application of the standard, particularly on how it affects the construction industry. On a previous blog, I discussed contract fulfillment costs and how these costs are treated under the …

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Accounting for goodwill after acquisition

Over the years, the subsequent accounting for goodwill has been an area that has seen a lot of changes and our blog has tried to keep you up to date with all of these. Where do we stand now? First off, goodwill mainly arises from a business combination where the purchase price exceeds the fair …

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Expanded consolidation relief for private companies

Back in 2014, FASB initially provided variable interest entity (VIE) consolidation relief to certain common control leasing arrangements. While this was great as common control leasing arrangements were probably the most frequent occurrence that led to consolidation of a VIE, there has always been hope that this alternative would be expanded to all common control …

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IT safeguards, are you protecting your business?

Generally, when executives are discussing the company’s internal safeguards, they look to controls within the accounting department such as segregation of duties, dual check signors and purchase order matching. But what about safeguards within the information technology environment? As the role of IT continues to grow in the business world, your company should continue to …

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Revenue recognition: contract fulfillment costs

The new revenue recognition standard has been discussed extensively for the past few years and while most discussions focus on the technical issues, I like to discuss application of the standard, particularly on how it affects the construction industry. In a previous blog, I discussed the importance of adopting the new standard and how it …

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