Coming soon: GASB’s new lease standard

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is set to release a new standard dealing with leasing later this month. The new lease standard is set to be effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019 and earlier application is encouraged. If you are a state or local government that is involved in leasing, then …

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Statement of Cash Flows Updates

On August 26, 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standard Update 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230). The new guidance is intended to reduce diversity in practice in how certain cash inflows and cash outflows are presented in the statement of cash flows. This update provides guidance on the following eight topics: Debt prepayment or …

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Understanding Government and Nonprofit Auditing Risks

School districts, townships, municipalities and special districts make up roughly 90,000 local government entities throughout the United States that require an audit by a CPA firm. Additionally, more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations in the U.S. also require an audit at year-end. Audits of these types of organizations require planning, testing, and reporting requirements to …

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Financial statement requirements for franchisors

If you’re looking to start a franchise, be sure to look into all rules and requirements set by the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC. There are many items required to stay in compliance. Providing audited financial statements is one of those. Here is a brief overview of the financial statement requirements for U.S. – domestic …

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How to Prepare for Your 401(k) Audit

There are a few simple steps that can be taken during the planning phase of the audit in order to gain efficiencies during the fieldwork phase. You should be in communication with your auditor before the Plan’s year-end date. This is the best time to come to an agreement about the terms, timing and fees …

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Why You Should Keep Your CPA in the Loop

Planning for your year-end audit, review or compilation engagement should be kept on your mind all year round. There are several events that can occur in your business throughout the year that can impact the financial statements and the year-end engagement. We value a continuing and positive rapport with our clients throughout the year. While …

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Agriculture accounting: inventory and asset classification

Agriculture is a big part of Arizona’s past, present and future. From crops to livestock, there are many farming and ranching companies within the state. One question that may come about when running a company involving agriculture, or farm, is what to do with your crops, animals and other products. Do you make these your …

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How to Create a Complex Password and Memorize It

We all hate it. A message pops up on your computer stating that it’s time to change your password. As you try to come up with a unique password for what feels like the tenth time this year, you think to yourself, “how am I supposed to remember all these password changes and what good …

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Applying Useful Lives to Fixed Assets

Selecting useful lives to depreciate fixed assets over can be a difficult task. It is hard to predict how long an asset will last or how long it will be before it becomes obsolete. The answer to this question first depends on the type of asset. A computer, for example, can become obsolete well before …

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The Basics of the Statement of Cash Flows

In our last blog posting, we covered certain non-recurring items that the Emerging Issues Task Force is looking at related to Statement of Cash Flows presentation. Let’s step it back a bit and go over the basics of the Statement of Cash Flows. Who – Financial statement preparers. What – The Statement of Cash Flows …

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