Accounting Updates are articles, tips or announcements regarding accounting and tax-related subjects that may affect or benefit your business or industry.
The increase in available software options has led software companies to look for ways to differentiate themselves from their competition. An increasingly popular way to do this is to obtain a Service Organization Controls (SOC) report which addresses the internal control environment of the software companies to help ensure the application’s stability and security.
Before you can perform functional expense reporting, you should have a written policy in place addressing cost allocation. The policy should be reviewed at least annually and revisions made as necessary.
SOC 1 reports will look nearly identical under SSAE 18 as they did under SSAE 16, and changes to the reports will be minor, so there is not much that service organizations will have to change, especially Holtzman Partners clients. However, the shift to SSAE 18 does result in 5 main changes.
The new accounting guidance on nonprofit financial reporting applies to fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2017 (calendar 2018 for calendar-year organizations); however, early adoption is permitted. So now is a good time to think through the impact the new accounting standards will have on your financial statements.
In most cases, participants’ immediate and heavy financial need must be established based on “all relevant facts and circumstances” before they are eligible to request a hardship distribution. Yet, the IRS has established safe harbor rules that automatically consider an employee to have such a need if the distribution is used to cover a few specific expenses.
Read more to learn when these ASUs take effect and how they may impact your business.
As we approach the end of 2016, companies should consider exploring opportunities to help minimize their 2016 tax bills and plan ahead for 2017. Our summary touches on topics that should have the most impact on the business community.
Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are a real threat and criminals are increasingly targeting small and medium-sized businesses, in addition to historical targets such as large companies and financial institutions. Victim companies have been reported in all 50 states and 79 other countries.
Before this new standard, there was minimal guidance in U.S. GAAP specific to going concern and the requirement to perform a going concern evaluation existed only in auditing standards.
As part of an ongoing effort to simplify and improve the usefulness of financial reporting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, which will change several aspects of the accounting for share-based payments to employees.
The MHR case is the latest in a series of enforcement cases involving ICFR, and it emphasizes the point that the existence of a material weakness as of a particular date does not hinge upon on whether a material misstatement actually occurs.
Since the inception of SOX, Holtzman Partners has been helping public companies with evaluation and testing procedures to support management’s assessment in Item 9A on their Form 10-K.
Hiring a qualified CPA firm to conduct your employee benefit plan audit is critical to avoiding fines and penalties from the Department of Labor. We outline the eight things you should discuss with a prospective auditor before entering into an engagement.