FY2016 School District Budget Changes

Each year the Auditor General (AG) makes changes to the School District Annual Budget. We know that it can be hard to keep up with all of the budget changes; therefore, we have summarized the list of those changes made to the FY2016 School District Budget below: Cover – Additional Information Added lines for the …

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How is Your Company Using Electronic Storage in Accounting?

Electronic storage is becoming commonplace in today’s work environment and that creates modern perils for managing financial data. Companies should continue to revisit how they use electronic storage to their benefit, as well as the controls over items stored, to ensure that the control environment remains strong. This blog will cover three components to electronic …

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The Importance of Knowing Your Plan’s Definition of Compensation

As I reflect on my last 401k audit season, I remember running into some operational issues that were a result of plan administrators not using the correct form of compensation, as defined by their plan document, while calculating employee and employer contributions. Using the correct form of compensation while making contributions is important because if …

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Identifying and capturing accrued expenses

From our experience, we’ve noticed that some smaller companies tend to struggle with the concept of accrued expenses. They are unsure about what they should accrue for and when they should accrue for it. Accrued expenses To help clear this up, let’s first start by talking about what an accrued expense is. The definition of …

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Physical Inventory Planning

It’s that time of year when companies need to begin preparing for their year-end inventory counts. The difference between a clean inventory count and one with multiple mistakes is due to a few key steps, which include preparing for the count, determining the method of completing the count, evaluating the counts and correcting the inventory …

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Accounting for debt issuance costs

In 2015, the FASB changed the requirements for presentation of issuance costs associated with debt. These updates were made as part of FASB’s initiative to reduce complexity in accounting standards and went into effect in 2016. Debt issuance costs consist of brokerage, legal and other professional fees incurred in connection with issuance of long-term debt. …

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Are you on the same page as your CPA?

I recently read an article that was quite interesting, very true (in some cases) and, at times, hilarious. It was an article titled “A New Glossary of Accounting Terms” by Charles J. Pendola. In the article, he discusses how accounting terminology may not mean the same thing from one individual to another, and the actual …

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Where Are You Saving Your Money?

As an auditor of employee benefit plans, I often talk with clients about their plan’s participation rates and suggest ideas on how to increase participation. As part of my daily routine, I read numerous articles from different financial sources. I came across a CNBC article published on July 29th, 2015 that I found to be …

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Internal Control & Outsourcing

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of internal controls? Making sure work is double checked? Making sure that the employee in charge of reconciling the bank account does not also receive the mail, sign checks, and reconcile receivable and payable accounts? Segregation of duties is typically one of the …

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