• November IFRIC Update published

    23 November 2016 The November 2016 IFRS Interpretations Committee Update (IFRIC Update) has been published. View this IFRIC Update and previous Updates. Items on the current agenda IAS 12 Income Taxes—Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments—due process steps (Agenda Paper 4) IFRS 9 Financial Instruments—Modification or exchange of financial liabilities that do not result in derecognition

  • JPMorgan Chase Paying $264 Million to Settle FCPA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016-241 Washington D.C., Nov. 17, 2016 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay more than $130 million to settle SEC charges that it won business from clients and corruptly influenced government officials in the Asia-Pacific region by giving jobs and internships to
  • FASB Proposes Changes in Accounting for Stock Compensation

    By Michael Cohn The Financial Accounting Standards Board has released a proposed accounting standards update related to the scope of modification accounting for stock-based compensation. FASB is issuing the proposed update to provide more clarity and discourage differences in practice when applying the guidance in the standards for stock compensation about a change to the

  • Goodwill Impairment on the Rise at U.S. Companies

    New York (November 16, 2016) By Michael Cohn Public companies in the U.S. recorded $57 billion in goodwill impairment last year, more than double the amount of impairment they recorded the previous year, according to a new study. Greg Franceschi The study, by the valuation and corporate finance advisor Duff & Phelps, found this record

  • IFAC Reaches Out to Pope Francis on Role of Accountants

    New York (November 17, 2016) By Michael Cohn The International Federation of Accountants has sent a letter to Pope Francis on how the accounting profession can help him with the fight against financial fraud and corruption.   Olivia Kirtley Outgoing IFAC president Olivia Kirtley, a former chair of the American Institute of CPAs, wrote to

  • Election Creates ‘Very Real Possibility’ of Tax Reform

    Trump and GOP tax plans suddenly look achievable November 9, 2016 By Michael Cohn , Roger Russell , Sean McCabe , Daniel Hood With Donald Trump having aligned his tax plans with those of Congressional Republicans over the course of the campaign, his election puts the GOP in a position to enact significant changes in

  • Trump’s Tax Challenge: Finding A Way to Pay for Cuts

    November 9, 2016 By Roger Russell Donald Trump has already done the impossible by winning the presidency, but once he takes office he may have to do so again – by finding a way to pay for the across-the-board tax cuts he promised during his campaign. “Trump’s plan is vague on the ‘pay-fors’”, said Mark

  • Developments in the IASB research project Primary Financial Statements

    07 November 2016 The Primary Financial Statements project is an early-stage research project examining possible changes to the structure and content of the primary financial statements. It is an important part of the International Accounting StandardsBoard’s (the Board’s) better communication theme. To learn more about the Board’s plan for better communication in financial reporting click here. Upcoming

  • FASB proposes new guidance for service concession arrangements

    By Ken Tysiac November 4, 2016 FASB proposed new guidance Friday that is designed to eliminate diversity in practice in how operating entities determine who is the customer in service concession arrangements. In a service concession arrangement, an operating entity operates infrastructure (such as airports, roads, bridges, tunnels, prisons, and hospitals) for a public-sector grantor

  • Asociación de Auditores Externos – AECHILE – realizó Asamblea Anual 2016

    Asociación de Auditores Externos – AECHILE – realizó Asamblea Anual 2016

    El 29 de septiembre pasado se realizó la Asamblea Anual de la Asociación de Auditores Externos de Chile AG (AEChile), entidad en que participan las Firmas Auditoras más relevantes y de mayor tradición que operan en nuestro país. En la ocasión, se aprobó por unanimidad la cuenta anual y se reeligió el Directorio por un

  • Financial Execs Concerned about Internal Controls

    New York (January 25, 2016) By Michael Cohn Nearly a third of financial reporting executives in a new poll said internal control over financial reporting was their highest concern beyond their financial reporting responsibilities. KPMG surveyed nearly 400 financial executives during the firm’s 25th Annual Accounting & Financial Reporting Symposium and 31 percent cited internal

  • ACCA and IMA See Role for Accountants in Integrated Reporting

    New York (January 20, 2016) By Michael Cohn The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants have released a new report on how accountants can play a key role in the trend toward integrated reporting. Raef Lawson The report, “From Share Value to Shared Value: Exploring the Role of Accountants in

  • Revenue recognition, lease standards challenge preparers

    By Ken Tysiac January 21, 2016 Important new standards for revenue recognition and leases are causing difficulty for corporate financial statement preparers, a new survey shows. Just 29% of corporate preparers said their companies have a clear plan to implement the new revenue recognition standard, according to a KPMG LLP survey of nearly 400 financial

  • Boards Relying on Internal Audit to Protect Against Risk

    New York (January 20, 2016) By Michael Cohn Companies are taking steps to prepare for a reputational crisis by employing an internal audit function, but less than half the board members polled in a new survey feel they are “well-versed” in the issues. Charly Weinstein The survey, by the accounting firm EisnerAmper, found that 78

  • IASB issues narrow-scope amendments to IAS 12 Income Taxes

    19 January 2016 The International Accounting Standards Board® (the Board) today issued amendments to IAS 12 Income Taxes. The amendments, Recognition of Deferred Tax Assets for Unrealised Losses (Amendments to IAS 12), clarify how to account for deferred tax assets related to debt instruments measured at fair value. IAS 12 provides requirements on the recognition

  • SEC Awards Whistleblower More Than $700,000 for Detailed Analysis

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016-10 Washington D.C., Jan. 15, 2016 —The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a whistleblower award of more than $700,000 to a company outsider who conducted a detailed analysis that led to a successful SEC enforcement action.   “The voluntary submission of high-quality analysis by industry experts can be every bit as

  • Audit committees prefer customized, tailored audit quality indicators

    By Ken Tysiac January 12, 2016 Audit committee members would prefer the ability to tailor and customize audit quality indicators to suit their specific information needs, a new Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) report shows. The development of objective measures of audit quality has been a focus of the profession for years. The PCAOB issued

  • IASB Releases Lease Accounting Standard

    New York (January 12, 2016) By Michael Cohn The International Accounting Standards Board issued the long-awaited lease accounting standard that it has been developing for over a decade with the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which is also expected to release its version of the standard early this year. Hans Hoogervorst Both the IASB and FASB

  • IASB issues leases standard; FASB to follow

    By Ken Tysiac January 12, 2016 The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued a much-anticipated new accounting standard Tuesday that will require all leases to be reported on a company’s balance sheet as assets and liabilities. For the IASB, the issuance of IFRS 16, Leases, completes a convergence project that resulted in similar conclusions in

  • IASB issues leases standard; FASB to follow

    By Ken Tysiac January 12, 2016 The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued a much-anticipated new accounting standard Tuesday that will require all leases to be reported on a company’s balance sheet as assets and liabilities. For the IASB, the issuance of IFRS 16, Leases, completes a convergence project that resulted in similar conclusions in

  • Going Concern Opinions Trending Down, for a Reason

    Sutton, Mass. (January 11, 2016) By Michael Cohn The number of going concern opinions declined in 2014, but mainly because many of the companies identified as being in trouble by their auditors in previous years actually did go out of business. The research firm Audit Analytics released its latest report on going concerns and found

  • IAASB Revises Standard for Auditing Special Purpose Financial

    New York (January 8, 2016) By Michael Cohn The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board has finalized the changes in its standard for auditor reporting on special purpose financial statements. Arnold Schilder The IAASB, which operates under the International Federation of Accountants, released ISA 800 (Revised), Special Considerations—Audits of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance with

  • The IFRS Foundation comments on ESMA’s Consultation Paper on the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF)

    07 January 2016 The IFRS Foundation, which is responsible for the governance and oversight of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), welcomes ESMA’s proposal to use the IFRS Taxonomy™ as issued by the IFRS Foundation for structured financial reporting under IFRS. The IFRS Foundation believes that the introduction of structured electronic reporting (which includes the


    Norwalk, CT, January 5, 2016—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to improve the recognition and measurement of financial instruments. The ASU affects public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and employee benefit plans that hold financial assets or owe financial liabilities. “The new standard is intended to provide

  • IASB sets up procedure for receiving implementation issues on the IFRS for SMEs

    04 January 2016 The International Accounting Standards Board (‘the Board’) has set up a procedure whereby small companies and other interested parties can submit implementation issues on the IFRS for SMEs for consideration. During the recent comprehensive review of the IFRS for SMEs—the Standard developed for entities that do not have public accountability and that

  • Swiss Bank Fines Top $1 bn

    December 28, 2015 By David Voreacos and Giles Broom (Bloomberg) (Bloomberg) Five more Swiss banks, including one owned by Brazilian billionaire Joseph Safra, agreed to pay penalties to avoid prosecution for helping U.S. clients evade taxes, pushing the number of accords to 73 and total payments to more than $1 billion. Bank J. Safra Sarasin

  • GASB moves to reduce confusion for external investment pools

    By Ken Tysiac December 23, 2015   GASB issued a new standard Wednesday that will allow many state and local government external investment pools to continue to qualify for amortized cost accounting following rule changes the SEC is implementing. The standard addresses how certain state and local government external investment pools—and participants in those pools—may

  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Publishes Third Progress Report on the Compliance by G-SIBs with Principles for Effective Risk Data Aggregation and Risk Reporting

    Shearman & Sterling LLP Global December 23 2015 On December 16, 2015, the Basel Committee published its third progress report on the adoption by banks of its Principles for effective risk data aggregation and risk reporting. The Principles must be implemented by global systemically important banks by January 1, 2016, and aim to strengthen risk

  • Revenue recognition clarifications affirmed by FASB, IASB

    By Ken Tysiac December 18, 2015 FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have reaffirmed amendments they had proposed to clarify principal vs. agent guidance in the new, converged revenue recognition standard. The boards issued the standard in May 2014 in a united effort to make revenue recognition guidance adhere to the same principles

  • IASB postpones accounting changes for associates and joint ventures until completion of broader review

    17 December 2015 The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has postponed the date when entities must change some aspects of how they account for transactions between investors and associates or joint ventures. The postponement applies to changes introduced by the IASB in 2014 through narrow-scope amendments to IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements and IAS 28

  • Proyecto de Ley con reforma a la Reforma tributaria

    Nota del Editor de AECHILE Se acompaña el documento enviado por el Gobierno a la Cámara de Diputados.   Descargar – word 1.3 MB  

  • AICPA Proposes New Compilation Standards

    New York (December 14, 2015) By Michael Cohn The American Institute of CPAs’ Accounting and Review Services Committee has issued three proposed Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services, or SSARS, related to prospective and pro forma financial information. One of the proposed SSARS, “Compilation of Prospective Financial Information,” would move and change some

  • PCAOB Plans Vote on Disclosing Name of Audit Engagement Partner

    Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2015) By Michael Cohn The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has scheduled a meeting for next Tuesday to vote on new rules that would require auditing firms to disclose the name of the engagement partner and other accounting firms that participated in an audit. The rules under consideration would require disclosure

  • FASB and IASB Ready Rollout of New Standards

    Washington, D.C. (December 10, 2015) By Michael Cohn Leaders of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board are bracing for the release of the leasing standard and other standards that have been under development and generating debate for over a decade.   Russell Golden “With regard to the potential economic impact

  • SEC discussing supplementary IFRS option for US issuers

    By Ken Tysiac December 9, 2015 The SEC is considering regulatory changes that would make it possible for U.S. public companies to provide IFRS-based information as a supplement to U.S. GAAP financial statements. SEC Chief Accountant James Schnurr said Wednesday that the SEC staff will hold discussions with SEC commissioners regarding regulatory changes that could

  • Art of Accounting: Most Business Clients Must Use an Accountant, but They Don’t Have to Use You

    December 7, 2015 By Edward Mendlowitz I met someone last week and asked how she was doing with her accountant. She said everything was fine, but reduced the three interim quarterly visits to once every four months. The yearend work did not change. This got me thinking. Most business clients must use an accountant, but

  • PCC votes to remove effective dates from GAAP alternatives

    By Ken Tysiac December 4, 2015 The Private Company Council (PCC) voted during a meeting Friday to remove the effective dates from the four accounting standards updates that it has created to provide GAAP alternatives for private companies. FASB will meet soon to consider endorsement of the PCC’s decision. If FASB endorses it, a standard

  • Internal Auditors Assess Their Value

    By Michael Cohn November 30, 2015 A recent report from the Institute of Internal Auditors focuses on how internal auditors view the value they bring to their organizations, even while many of their organizations have no performance measures in place for the internal audit function. The survey, from the IIA Research Foundation, found that chief

  • Professional Skepticism and Other 2015 Audit Focus Areas

    December 1, 2015 By Zach Meyer The auditing process is mechanical in its function but requires a curious mind to prevent and detect misstatements that can hurt a business. Each year, leaders in the industry gather together to discuss ways to make the craft of an audit more deliberate and structured. As a result of

  • IASB publishes 2015 IFRS for SMEs bound volume

    01 December 2015 The 2015 IFRS for SMEs bound volume is now available. Why use the IFRS for SMEs? The IFRS for SMEs has simplifications that reflect the needs of users of SMEs’ financial statements and also take account of cost-benefit considerations. It is intended for entities that do not have public accountability as defined


    Guidance would improve financial reporting of acquisitions of nonfinancial assets Norwalk, CT, November 23, 2015—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to clarify the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist organizations with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions

  • Forthcoming IFRS publication alert

    25 April 2014 We are pleased to announce that work is at an advanced stage on the following document that we expect to publish in the second half of May 2014: International Financial Reporting Standard: IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers This IFRS will be published at the same time as the FASB’s Accounting

  • China Plans IFRS Expansion

    November 24, 2015 By Michael Cohn The International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, which oversees the International Accounting Standards Board, is forming a joint working group with the Chinese Ministry of Finance to explore ways to advance the use of IFRS within China, especially for internationally oriented Chinese companies. The announcement forms part of a comprehensive

  • FRAUDE- Informe Kroll Edición anual 2015-2016

    Introducción del Editor de AECHILE Se acompaña el informe que es el resultado de 765 consultas a ejecutivos de distintas partes del mundo con la siguiente distribución : 29 % Europa 25 % Norteamérica 24 % Asia Pacífico 10 % Latinoamérica (figura detalle de; México, Colombia y Brasil) 12 % Medio Este Incluye cuadros didácticos

  • FASB proposes clarifying the definition of a business

    By Ken Tysiac November 23, 2015 FASB wants to clarify the definition of a business to help financial statement preparers evaluate whether they should account for transactions as acquisitions or disposals of assets or businesses. FASB’s proposal, which was issued Monday, arose out of concerns that the current definition of a business is applied too

  • FASB Releases Standard for Classifying Deferred Taxes

    Norwalk, Conn. (November 20, 2015) By Michael Cohn The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued an accounting standards update to improve how deferred taxes are classified on the balance sheet. FASB is issuing the update as part of its simplification initiative to reduce complexity in accounting standards. The update eliminates the current requirement for organizations

  • Study Finds Interim CEOs Tend to Inflate Earnings

    Interim CEOs engage in considerably more earnings manipulation than their permanent successors, according to a new study. The study, which appears in the current issue of the Academy of Management Journal, found that such a strategy pays off for them, increasing the likelihood that they will be promoted to the top job on a permanent

  • SEC puede permitir uso suplementario de las NIIF por las empresas estadounidenses

    New York (November 17, 2015) By Michael Cohn Securities and Exchange Commission chief accountant James Schnurr indicated Tuesday that he plans to recommend to SEC chair Mary Jo White that U.S. companies be allowed to use International Financial Reporting Standards to provide supplemental information, in addition to filing their financials in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

  • SEC Chief Accountant: Auditors Need to Keep Improving

    November 16, 2015 By Daniel Hood Public company audits are improving, according to Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Accountant James Schnurr — and they need to keep on doing so. James Schnurr “Overall, I think audit quality is getting better,” Schnurr said, “but there’s room for improvement, and it’s important that firms stay committed to

  • Women see far more partnership gains with small firms than with large ones

    Women see far more partnership gains with small firms than with large ones

    By Jeff Drew November 16, 2015 While women now hold the top U.S. jobs at two of the Big Four accounting firms, smaller firms have made the most progress in bringing women into the partnership ranks, a new AICPA survey shows. The AICPA CPA Firm Gender Survey, released Monday, found that women hold 43% of