Audit & Accounting Update: September 2019

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Accounting

A guide to accounting for investments, loans and other receivables
Our publication provides a high-level overview of the accounting for investment securities, loans and other receivables.

FASB proposes deferred effective dates for leases, CECL and hedging
If finalized, a recent FASB proposal would defer the effective dates for certain of its guidance for certain entities.

Proposal: Convertible instruments and contracts in an entity’s own equity
A proposed Accounting Standards Update addresses accounting for convertible instruments and contracts in a company’s own equity.

The interaction between ASC 321, ASC 323 and ASC 815
A proposed Accounting Standards Update addresses the interaction of the guidance in ASC 321, ASC 323 and ASC 815.

SEC

Proposed modernization of Regulation S-K Items 101, 103 and 105
The SEC recently issued a proposed rule, which, if finalized, would revise Regulation S-K Items 101, 103 and 105.

FASB Codification update: SEC disclosure update and simplification
The FASB recently issued an Accounting Standards Update that amends various Accounting Standards Codification SEC paragraphs.

A guide to accounting for investments, loans and other receivables

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Audit & Accounting Update: August 2019

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

 

Employee benefit plans

Revised reporting on financial statements of plans subject to ERISA
A recent SAS addresses the auditor’s reporting on financial statements of employee benefit plans subject to ERISA.

 

Accounting

Monitoring inflation when applying ASC 830
The Center for Audit Quality International Practices Task Force framework can be used for monitoring inflation statistics.

Transitioning away from LIBOR
The FASB has added a project to its agenda to address accounting changes necessitated by reference rate reform.

Proposed narrow-scope amendments to credit losses standard
The FASB recently issued a proposed ASU to address issues raised by stakeholders during the implementation of ASU 2016-13.

Proposed deferred CECL effective date and the definition of an SRC
Our article discusses the FASB’s proposed deferred CECL effective date and the SEC’s definition of a smaller reporting company.

Second FASB Staff Q&A document: Estimating expected credit losses
The FASB staff recently issued a Q&A document to address more than a dozen frequently asked questions related to ASU 2016-13.

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Audit & Accounting Update: July 2019

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Accounting

Updated guide to revenue recognition
We have issued an updated version of our guide to revenue recognition to further assist middle-market companies in applying the new revenue recognition model in Topic 606 with recent activities of the FASB, AICPA and SEC. The guide has been updated for recent developments, including activities of the:

  • FASB, such as the issuance of new Accounting Standards Updates and non-authoritative guidance related to the implementation of ASC 606
  • AICPA, such as the issuance of its revenue recognition guide
  • SEC, such as speeches by SEC staff during the 2018 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, which articulated their views on certain aspects of ASC 606

Updates to our hedging guide for ASU 2019-04
We recently updated our hedging guide for the clarifications made by FASB Accounting Standards Update 2019-04, including those related to having multiple separately designated partial-term fair value hedging relationships of a single financial instrument outstanding at the same time. This summary includes discussion of the effective date and transition provisions of ASU 2019-04 for situations in which ASU 2017-12 has already been adopted and situations in which ASU 2017-12 has not yet been adopted.

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Audit & Accounting Update: June 2019

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

FASB provides targeted transition relief for CECL
ASU 2019-05 provides the ability to elect the fair value option for certain financial assets upon transition to ASU 2016-13. ASU 2016-13 also modified the accounting for available-for-sale debt securities, which must be individually assessed, and expected credit losses recognized, when fair value is less than the amortized cost basis.

FASB proposes to simplify the accounting for income taxes
The The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has proposed amendments intended to simplify the accounting for income taxes in accordance with ASC Topic 740. If finalized, the proposed ASU would remove the following exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740.

FASB responds to SEC disclosure update and simplification
The the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has proposed Codification amendments in response to the SEC’s Disclosure Update and Simplification Initiative. After considering these referred disclosures, the FASB recently issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Disclosure Improvements: Codification Amendments in Response to the SEC’s Disclosure Update and Simplification Initiative.

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Tax Update: April 2019

Trending in Tax

Wayfair, sales tax, and economic presence laws
Economic sales and use tax nexus laws are gaining momentum as states make a direct challenge to traditional physical presence standards.

District Court decision uploads imposition of willful FBAR penalty
Court imposes substantial “willful” penalty for failure to file FBAR where taxpayer fails to consult tax advisor regarding foreign account.

Structuring deals in the era of TCJA and BEPS
Legislation relating to the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Items has resulted in expanded tax due diligence engagements.

Top tax considerations for manufacturers in 2019
Tax planning in an evolving marketplace can be challenging. What are the top tax issues and new rules that manufacturers should focus on?

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Disclaimer

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit; and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest federal, state, and international tax news as well as updates pertaining to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Audit & Accounting Update: April 2019

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Changes to revenue recognition for federal government contractors
We recently published a white paper to assist federal government contractors in understanding the guidance in ASC 606.

Proposed changes to disclosure requirements for income taxes
If finalized, a recent proposed Accounting Standards Update would modify the current disclosure requirements for income taxes.

ASC 842: Lessee transition
We have published a white paper to assist lessees in identifying and understanding the applicable transition guidance in ASC 842.

Treatment of cumulative dividends on preferred stock
Our article addresses questions often raised regarding how and when cumulative dividends should be recognized on preferred stock.

FASB updates the definition of “collections”
Collection-holding entities should be aware of a change to the definition of “collections” and new required disclosures.

Critical audit matters: PCAOB guidance
The PCAOB recently issued guidance related to the requirement for auditors to communicate critical audit matters.

Amendments to modernize and simplify Regulation S-K
The SEC recently issued amendments to modernize and simplify some of the disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K.

 

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Tax Update: March 2019

Trending in Tax

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kaestner trust tax nexus case
High court to decide whether in-state beneficiary of nonresident trust is sufficient for the Due Process Clause. The U.S. Supreme Court will revisit state tax nexus for the second year in a row after granting North Carolina’s petition for certiorari in North Carolina Department of Revenue v. The Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust.

Opportunity zone investors can’t forget about local tax incentives
To make opportunity zone projects financially viable, developers need to consider state and local tax credits beyond QOZ incentives. Numerous programs offer developers tax abatements, deferrals and incentives in the same economically distressed areas as QOZs. These extra incentives will make opportunity zone projects more attractive to investors and may bring new capital deeper into the areas that need it most.

New election may provide enhanced interest deduction to multinationals
Special election in new interest regulation may benefit CFCs. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted a limit on the deductibility of business interest expense (the section 163(j) limitation).

What US companies need to know about Making Tax Digital
US companies with VAT obligations in the United Kingdom should understand and prepare to comply with Making Tax Digital. The transition to Making Tax Digital represents one of the most fundamental changes to the United Kingdom (UK) tax system in a generation.

Supreme Court of the United States to hear Kaestner tax nexus case

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Audit & Accounting Update: February 2019

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Changes to revenue recognition in the consumer products industry
We have published a white paper to assist consumer products entities in understanding the new revenue recognition guidance.

Private company accounting for common control arrangements
Our white paper provides insights on private company accounting for variable interest entities under common control.

Business combinations: In motion
Our summary highlights standard-setting activities that affect the content in our Guide to Accounting for Business Combinations.

Market volatility: Consideration of goodwill impairment
Reminder: a significant drop in share price could be a triggering event for the consideration of the impairment of goodwill.

FASB proposes targeted transition relief for CECL
The FASB proposes to allow the option of measuring certain types of assets within the scope of Subtopic 326 at fair value.

 

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Tax Update: February 2019

Tax Reform

Final regs highlight actions for taxpayers using 20 percent deduction
Critical action items taxpayers need to take.


Trending in Tax

Tax issues arise when employers pay employee business travel expenses
Business travel arrangements require employers to carefully analyze and determine proper tax treatment for employees.

Why we call it business transition planning
What is the secret to a successful business succession and transition for owners? It starts with a sound plan.

The gift tax exemption coast is clear. Time to go back into the water?
Knowing that there will be no loss of the benefit of using the higher exemption before 2026, we consider some ways and means of using it.

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