Attestation Update – A&A for CPAs

Technical stuff for CPAs providing attestation services

Huge fines are a tax on illegal behavior

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Several weeks ago I listened to a continuing education class presented by Sam Antar, current felon and formerly CFO of Crazy Eddie.

In the session, he made two comments that caught my ear. First, the fines we read about as a result of various financial scandals are just a tax on illegal behavior. Second, those fiascos are, he said, a cancer destroying capitalism.

After the session, I had opportunity to interview him by phone and follow-up on both of those ideas.

Fines are a tax on illegal behavior

He indicated that essentially no one has been implicated in any of the disasters we’ve read about, which I have discussed extensively on my blog.

He said corporations don’t commit crimes. People commit crimes.

And the people who committed crimes aren’t going to jail.

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Written by Jim Ulvog

October 23, 2014, 5:32 am at 5:32 am

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SSARS #21 to be released today (10-23) – 2 hour AICPA webcast to describe changes

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SSARS #21 is an overhaul of the entire body of SSARS. It will be released today. I’ll have lots of discussion of the document over the next few weeks.

The AICPA is presenting a 2 hour CPE webcast today at 2 Eastern Time. Cost is $99 for one attendee, with discounts for multiple people.

Check out Understanding the SSARS 21 Clarification and Revision.

Great course to listen to if you aren’t going to be at the always superb CalCPA A&A conference.

Written by Jim Ulvog

October 23, 2014, 5:22 am at 5:22 am

Posted in Compilations & reviews

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Time to renew your PTIN

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If you prepare tax turns you already know you must have a PTIN and must renew it every year.  The IRS days you can file your renewal now.

Fee is $63.00 for a renewal.

Check out PTIN Renewal Season Open.

 

Written by Jim Ulvog

October 22, 2014, 8:51 am at 8:51 am

Posted in Other stuff

Warning to bankers that too-big-to-manage might mean too-big-to-exist

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Federal Reserve officials gave too-big-to-fail bank leaders a warning at a private lunch that they need to improve the risk management and ethical behavior inside the banks. The alternative put on the table is a suggestion that if they are too large to manage then they may need to be broken up into smaller banks that can be managed.

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Written by Jim Ulvog

October 21, 2014, 13:15 pm at 1:15 pm

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SSARS 21 will be issued 10/23; will allow “preparation” and revise comp & review standards

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The rewrite of SSARS into clarified format will be issued this week, Thursday, October 23.

Here is a one sentence summary: The new document will completely rewrite the SSARS literature, will add a new service called “preparation”, and will add new requirements for comps & reviews.

For a bit more information, check out AICPA Modernizes Non-Audit Standards for Accountants in Public Practice.

Written by Jim Ulvog

October 21, 2014, 7:24 am at 7:24 am

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FASB is starting to write a major overhaul of NPO accounting

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One discussion inside the accounting rule maker deals with a massive restructure of the accounting for nonprofit organizations. The FASB staff have started drafting the changes.

Exposure draft might be released in early 2015. Adjust the estimate by a few months to allow for the complexity of a rewrite that affects such a wide variety of organizations and I’ll guess we may see an exposure draft in spring or summer 2015.

Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting News reports Not-for-Profit Proposal Targeted for 2015 Release.

If you are involved in the finance or accounting areas of the NPO world, it might be worth keeping your eye out for this issue.

Written by Jim Ulvog

October 21, 2014, 7:18 am at 7:18 am

Posted in Accounting

Starting template to develop a Quality Control document for CPA firm. It’s even legit to copy & paste.

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The AICPA has provided a number of new documents to help firms improve the quality control systems and to start looking at the enhancing audit quality initiative. I’ll list a few of them. It’s easy to copy & paste and at a great price.

Tools to develop a quality-control document

Every CPA firm performing assurance services is required to have a quality-control document. That applies even if you only do comps and reviews. Even if you aren’t going through a system review.

The AICPA has free practice tools to explain the QC standards along with a sample document based on the size of the firm.

You can find the documents on this page.

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Written by Jim Ulvog

October 20, 2014, 13:26 pm at 1:26 pm

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