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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Inventory Reserves

If you are a company that carries inventory, you should most likely have an inventory reserve accounting policy in place. Creating an inventory reserve is a proactive and conservative accounting approach that companies use to prepare for events such as spoilage, theft, obsolescence, and other adverse situations on their inventories. An inventory reserve is a …

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Requirements for Communications to Attendees at Your Special Event

You may be aware of the rule for sending an acknowledgement to a donor after receiving a contribution, but are you also aware of the IRS requirements when someone attends a fundraising event? Usually, special events provide some sort of benefit back to the attendee, so that only a portion of their ticket cost is …

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Determination Letters Will Not be Issued for 403(b) Plans

In April 2013, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2013-22 which provided much needed clarification regarding the fate of 403(b) determination letters. Prior to this, it was believed that the IRS would adopt a system of determination letters, similar to those issued for 401(k) plans. Revenue Procedure 2013-22 states that determination letters will not be issued …

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Changes to Requirements for Reporting Discontinued Operations

In April 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-08 Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity that changed the requirements for reporting discontinued operations. Under the new standards, a disposal of …

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Have Lost Participants in Your 401(k) Plan?

Lost participants are those participants who have balances in the plan (unclaimed benefits) or have been distributed an amount from the plan (uncashed benefit checks) and cannot be located. The participant either doesn’t know or forgot they have a balance since their employment was terminated or have relocated with no forwarding address. The participant’s account …

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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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3 Ways to Prepare for Your Audit

As we step into a new year, it is time to begin preparations for your upcoming audit. Here are 3 ways to make the experience as smooth as possible. 1. Communicate – While communication is always important, it is especially crucial to establish expectations early with the auditors.  Oftentimes, the auditors will contact the client with …

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A Few Simple Steps for Having a Successful Audit

There are some simple steps any entity can take to help make a financial audit as simple and painless as possible.  First, good cooperation between the client and auditor is essential.  Second is the client’s maintenance of a good system of internal controls over the financial activities occurring in the entity.  These things make it …

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