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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What is ACP & ADP Testing?

When you have a 401(k) plan it can get a little overwhelming at times, especially when you start to worry about passing all the non-discrimination tests. These tests ensure a plan does not favor highly compensated employees (HCE) over non-highly compensated employees (NHCE) and mandates that corrections be made if one of these tests are …

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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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Are robots taking over the accounting world?

With the ever-growing advancements in technology, the workplace undergoes constant change. With technology being able to do things we once did manually, computers are able to do things automatically and in an efficient manner. Many people believe that with the introduction of robots in the accounting world, the profession could be forgotten. However, it will …

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A sigh of relief: accounting changes for leases

On July 17th, 2019, the FASB voted to give privately held companies until 2021 to follow the new lease standard, rather than having to implement it next year. Private companies can all let out a sigh of relief. The reasoning behind this decision comes down to the fact that changing from the old standard to …

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Help! I need an Uber, the IRS is coming!

After going public last year, Uber reported in its first quarter report to the SEC that they were currently under audit by the IRS. The 2013 and 2014 returns are being examined but no other information is available at this time. I know what you all must be thinking; can they really go back that …

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The auditor’s role in detecting fraud

“How did the auditors not catch this? Isn’t it the auditor’s job to detect fraud?” It is a common misconception that fraud is detected by external auditors. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s 2018 Report to the Nations, tips are the most common detection method, at 40%, for occupational fraud while external audit …

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Plan terminations and partial plan terminations

Many plan participants may be surprised to learn that their employer can discontinue their 401k plan at their own discretion. The IRS considers a plan terminated once an official date of termination is established by the sponsor, the benefits and liabilities under the plan are determined, and all assets are distributed as soon as administratively …

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Contribution Schedule

An audit for an employee benefit plan, specifically a 401k plan, consists of many different tests and inquiries being performed. One schedule however, is always needed for the audit: a contribution remittance schedule. You might be wondering, “What exactly is a contribution schedule and why is it important enough to discuss in a standalone blog …

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