Accounting for Property, Plant and Equipment Assets

Businesses and not-for-profit entities capitalize machines, furniture, buildings, and other property, plant and equipment (PPE) assets on their balance sheets. Here’s a refresher on some common questions about how to properly report these long-lived assets under U.S. Generally Accepted [...]

By |2021-01-22T13:08:08-05:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Accounting for Property, Plant and Equipment Assets

Assessing and Mitigating Key Person Risks

Auditing standards require a year-end risk assessment. One potential source of risk may be a small business’s reliance on the owner and other critical members of its management team. If a so-called “key person” unexpectedly becomes incapacitated or dies, [...]

By |2021-01-15T13:38:47-05:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Assessing and Mitigating Key Person Risks

New Law Provides Option to Delay Implementing the Updated CECL Standard

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes a variety of economic relief measures. One such measure allows certain banks and credit unions to temporarily postpone implementation of the controversial current expected credit loss (CECL) [...]

By |2021-01-11T13:18:41-05:00January 11th, 2021|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Law Provides Option to Delay Implementing the Updated CECL Standard

Forecasting for 2021

Planning for what lies ahead is an important part of running a healthy business. Forecasting your company’s financial statements can help you manage inventory and other working capital accounts, offer competitive prices, identify impending cash flow shortages and keep [...]

By |2021-01-04T11:58:50-05:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Forecasting for 2021

Red Flags of Deadbeat Debtors

Unfortunately, many businesses have experienced problems with collections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Accounts receivable are a major item on most companies’ balance sheets. Slow-paying — or even nonpaying — customers or clients adversely affect cash flow. Proactive measures can [...]

By |2020-12-30T12:44:18-05:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Red Flags of Deadbeat Debtors

ICFR Assessment and Attestation: Are You in Compliance with the Rules?

Each year, public companies must assess the effectiveness of their internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) under Section 404(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). In some cases, private companies should follow suit. In addition, a public company’s independent auditors are [...]

By |2020-12-22T16:43:43-05:00December 18th, 2020|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on ICFR Assessment and Attestation: Are You in Compliance with the Rules?

Put Your Company’s Financial Statements to Work for You

It’s almost time for calendar-year businesses to prepare their year-end financial statements. If used correctly, these reports can be a valuable management tool. Use your company’s financial statements in benchmarking and forecasting to be proactive, not reactive, to market [...]

By |2020-12-11T12:45:28-05:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Audit, Blog|Comments Off on Put Your Company’s Financial Statements to Work for You

Year-End SWOT Analysis Can Uncover Risks

As your company plans for the coming year, management should assess your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. A year-end SWOT analysis identifies what you’re doing right (and wrong) and what outside forces could impact performance in a positive (or [...]

By |2020-12-07T12:24:12-05:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Year-End SWOT Analysis Can Uncover Risks

How COVID-19 Could Impact Year-End Inventory Counts

Many businesses are closed or are limiting third-party access as COVID-19 surges across the United States. These restrictions could still be in place at year end — a time when external auditors traditionally observe physical inventory counts for calendar-year [...]

By |2020-11-30T12:33:18-05:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Audit, Blog, COVID-19|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on How COVID-19 Could Impact Year-End Inventory Counts

Cutoff Rules: What Counts in 2020 vs. 2021

As year end approaches, it’s a good idea for calendar-year entities to review the guidelines for recognizing revenue and expenses. There are specific accounting cutoff rules under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Strict observance of these rules is [...]

By |2020-11-20T12:46:17-05:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Audit, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cutoff Rules: What Counts in 2020 vs. 2021
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