Accounting Updates are articles, tips or announcements regarding accounting and tax-related subjects that may affect or benefit your business or industry.

July 17, 2017

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This standard eliminates the transaction- and industry-specific revenue recognition guidance under the current GAAP and replaces it with a principle-based approach for determining revenue recognition. The FASB has subsequently issued multiple ASUs that modify or add to the original standard.

July 7, 2017

New rules set to take effect for the fiscal year after Dec. 15, 2017 will change the way nonprofits report and describe their net assets.

June 22, 2017

How long must plan sponsors maintain records? The easy answer is: “For a long time.” The more nuanced answer is: “It depends.”

June 6, 2017

The elation of acquiring a company can end abruptly when you realize your company will never get a chance to recognize a significant portion of the acquired company’s pre-acquisition deferred revenue.

May 22, 2017

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 System and Organization Controls (SOC) report which addresses the internal control environment of the software companies to help ensure the application’s stability and security.

May 15, 2017

SSAE 18 refers to Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 18. The SSAE 18 replaced the audit requirements under SAS 70 (Statement of Auditing Standards No. 70)

May 1, 2017

System and Organization Controls (SOC) reports are necessary whether you are a SaaS provider or a business customer of that SaaS provider. We explain why.

April 10, 2017

Plan administrators have a fiduciary duty to ensure that a qualified institution has certified both the accuracy and the completeness of investment information.

March 23, 2017

The FBAR filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18, 2017. If you are required to file an FBAR, it must be done on or before the April 18 deadline and must be filed electronically through the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) E-Filing System.

March 21, 2017

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.

February 27, 2017

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.

February 17, 2017

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.

January 6, 2017

Just as with hardship distributions, it’s up to plan administrators to ensure that participant loans are in full compliance with IRS and DOL regulations, and that the loan process is thoroughly documented.

December 22, 2016

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.

December 7, 2016

Holtzman Partners hosted clients at the Alamo Drafthouse for our fourth annual client CPE event. The complete slide presentation is now available for download.

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