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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GASB Issues 2016 Implementation Guide

Government accountants are aware that the hierarchy of accounting for state and local government’s generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) fall in one of two categories. Category A is the official Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statements. Category B includes GASB Technical Bulletins, GASB Implementation Guides and literature of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants …

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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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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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Personal Financial Statements

Accountants are occasionally requested to compile personal financial statements. Unless these financial statements are specifically presented under another comprehensive basis of accounting such as cash basis or tax basis, these financial statements will generally be presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, there are a few key differences between GAAP for personal …

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Contributions Not Reported on the Form 990

There are quite a few differences between GAAP accounting and the rules for reporting on the Form 990. I was recently reviewing the rules on reporting contributions on the 990 and thought I would share a few that are often overlooked. Contributions that are not reported on the Form 990: Unreimbursed expenses of officers, employees, …

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Simplified Accounting for Goodwill for Private Companies

As many people know, in 2012, the Private Company Council (“PCC”) was formed to assist in creating alternatives in accounting for private companies. In November 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB’) endorsed the proposal regarding an alternative approach for private companies for accounting for goodwill after a business combination. This accounting alternative was issued …

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Business Combinations 101

Over the past year, there seems to be some increase in activity related to mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”).  When times are tough you typically see an increase in M&A activity as strong companies will act to buy other companies to create a more competitive, cost-efficient company.  M&A’s can come in various forms.  They can be …

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