• IPSAS 41 Aims to improve Financial Instruments Reporting

    August 15, 2018 Published: The Accountant The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) released IPSAS 41 which aims to improve the relevance of information for financial assets and financial liabilities. IPSAS 41 Financial Instruments establishes new requirements for classifying, recognising and measuring financial instruments to replace those that exist in IPSAS 29, Financial Instruments: Recognition

  • FASB Improves Accounting Guidance for Insurance Companies that Issue Long-Duration Contracts

    August 15, 2018 Published: FASB The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that improves financial reporting for insurance companies that issue long-duration contracts, such as life insurance, disability income, long-term care, and annuities. “The new ASU provides investors and other financial statement users with better and more timely and

  • FASB proposes narrow-scope improvements to accounting for lessors

    August 13, 2018 Published: FASB The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued a proposal that would reduce costs and ease implementation of the Leases standard for financial statement preparers. The proposal would also clarify a specific requirement in the standard related to lessor accounting. Stakeholders are encouraged to review and provide comment on the proposal by

  • Tips for teaching accounting ethics

    August 14, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy By Lea Hart Considering accountants deal with the intimate financial details of individuals and businesses, it’s important that they abide by strict ethical standards. “Ethics are the ‘why’ before the ‘how’ — why we do accounting; why accounting is important to society.” said Jeff Hillard, CPA, DM, associate

  • PCAOB Seeks Public Comment on its Draft Five-Year Strategic Plan

    Washington, DC, Aug. 10, 2018 Published: PCAOB The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board today released a draft of its five-year strategic plan, for the first time inviting public comment on its areas of strategic focus in fulfilling its mission to protect investors and the public interest through high quality audit reports. After its own careful study

  • IIRC offers research database on integrated reporting

    August 08, 2018 Published: AccountingToday The International Integrated Reporting Council unveiled an <IR> Academic Database on Wednesday, featuring more than 200 academic studies on the ramifications of integrated reporting, as well as discussing some of the best practices emerging in the field. Integrated reporting combines financial reporting and sustainability reporting, along with information about the governance, strategy,

  • FSB and standard-setting bodies consult on effects of reforms on incentives to centrally clear over-the-counter derivatives

    August 7, 2018 Published: IOSCO The Financial Stability Board (FSB), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published today a consultative document on Incentives to centrally clear over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. Centrally clearing standardised OTC derivatives is a pillar of

  • Beyond robotics: How AI can help improve the audit process

    Aug 01, 2018 Published: AICPA by Guest Blogger The CPA profession has been hearing a lot about Robotic Process Automation (RPA), a software technology that can help auditors sift through structured data. But RPA can only do so much. Abigail Zhang, a PhD student in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Rutgers Business

  • GASB proposed Improvements to Reporting of Conduit Debt Obligations

    August 6, 2018 Published: GASB The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has proposed revised guidance that would provide a single method for government issuers to report conduit debt obligations and related obligations. This proposed guidance would eliminate diversity in practice associated with these issues. Conduit debt obligations are debt instruments issued by a state or local government

  • IFAC and IAESB to Transition Standard-Setting Board to Different Model

    Aug 3, 2018 Published: IFAC IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) and the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) today announce a new path forward for global accountancy education and professional development. To remain relevant in an environment of rapid change, professional accountants increasingly must demonstrate skills beyond today’s typically-recognized accountancy competencies. The IAESB and IFAC

  • Start-Ups, la inversión en América Latina fue de USD 1000 millones

    1 de agosto de 2018 Publicado: Inversor Latam Esta suma es el doble de lo que se registró el año anterior. El año pasado 25 inversores globales hicieron su debut en la región, entre ellos Rethink Education, SoftBank, Telstra Ventures y The Rise Fund. La Asociación Latinoamericana de Capital Privado y Capital de Riesgo (LAVCA), informó que

  • Get a Handle on Critical Audit Matters

    July 30, 2018 Published: The Caq Cindy Fornelli is the Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality Last year, following approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted a new auditing standard that significantly changes the auditor’s report—with equally significant implications for investors, audit committees and others.

  • FRC pushes Non-Financial Reporting in revised Strategic Report Guidance

    July 31, 2018 Published: The Accountant Author: Joe Pickard The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has revised its Guidance on the Strategic Report to recognise the increasing importance of non-financial reporting. The guidance encourages companies to consider wider stakeholders and broader matters that impact performance over the longer term. The FRC said it believes ‘the integration of

  • FASB attempts to make lease accounting implementation easier

    By Ken Tysiac July 30, 2018 FASB has issued targeted changes to its new lease accounting standard that are designed to make implementation easier and reduce costs for financial statement preparers. Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements, released Monday, makes transition requirements less burdensome and provides lessors with a practical

  • Exposure Draft, ISA 315 (Revised), Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement

    Published: Jul 16, 2018, 182 Pages, English, Comments due by: Nov 02, 2018 To ensure that International Standards on Auditing continue to form the basis for high-quality, valuable and relevant global audits, the IAASB Exposure Draft, ISA 315 (Revised), Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement, proposes more robust requirements and improved guidance to: – Drive consistent and effective identification

  • Tips for understanding critical audit matters

    By Ken Tysiac ( Journal of Accountancy editor) July 24, 2018 Auditors soon will be able to provide more helpful information in their audit reports by communicating “critical audit matters” in addition to the pass/fail opinion on the financial statements. Critical audit matters are the backbone of PCAOB Auditing Standard 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit

  • Five Red Flags Your Internal Audit Department Is Losing Stakeholder Support

    july 16, 2018 by Richard Chambers Early in my career, I took for granted that internal auditing existed simply because it was necessary. Very rarely did anyone use terms like customers or stakeholders. I don’t remember ever hearing those terms during my first decade in the business. I knew that regulations of the U.S. Army,

  • Critical Audit Matters: Key Concepts and FAQs for Audit Committees, Investors, and Other Users of Financial Statements

    Critical Audit Matters: Key Concepts and FAQs for Audit Committees, Investors, and Other Users of Financial Statements

    July 24 , Center for Audit Quality This CAQ publication is designed to promote understanding of critical audit matters (CAMs), a new component of the auditor’s report required by a standard adopted in 2017 by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The publication provides definitions, key concepts, implementation deadlines, frequently asked questions about CAMs, and

  • Protecting against claims of failure to detect theft

    By Samiha Khanna July 1, 2018 Professional liability claim data for claims asserted against CPA firms in the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program in 2017 show that — as in previous years — many clients believe that a CPA’s duties include spotting evidence of theft or fraud in company records, regardless of the type of service

  • FASB issues 16 minor amendments to lease accounting standard

    July 19, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy   FASB issued 16 minor amendments to its new lease accounting standard Thursday, clarifying rules and correcting application of guidance that the board had not intended when it created the standard. The lease accounting standard (codified in Topic 842, Leases) was issued on Feb. 25, 2016, and takes effect for public

  • IFAC and IBA sign Anti-Corruption Mandate

    July 19, 2018 Published: The Accountant The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Bar Association (IBA) have signed an Anti-Corruption Mandate. Collaboration on the Mandate is a joint effort of the two organisations to help fight corruption, bribery, tax evasion, money laundering, and the financing of international terrorism. It comes ahead of a

  • GAO issues revised Yellow Book standards for government auditors

    July 17, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy Revised standards issued Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are designed to provide a framework for high-quality governmental audits, which include audits of government entities and entities receiving government awards. In a transmittal letter to the standards, U.S. Comptroller Gene Dodaro states that the new generally accepted

  • IAASB proposes Audit Risk Assessment Standards Revision

    July 17, 2018 Published: The Accountant By: Jonathan Minter The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has moved to update its standard on audit risk assessments, to take into account developments arising from IT. In an exposure draft for the proposed International Standard of Auditing 315 (revised) (ISA-315), the IAASB said that as IT

  • Public Sector Generation Next: Clear Career Paths Are Key

    July 16,2018 Published: IFAC By: Alex Metcalfe, Head of Public Sector Policy, ACCA Generation Next public sector workers are a dynamic group. They are the most optimistic about technological change and have significant entrepreneurial drive. They also believe that their finance background provides an excellent foundation for their future careers. The ACCA’s most recent sector-specific

  • OECD economic scenarios to 2060 illustrate the long-run benefits of structural reforms

    July 12, 2018 Published: OECD Policy choices made today can have important positive effects on future living standards, according to new long-term economic scenarios released by the OECD. The Long View: Scenarios for the World Economy to 2060 extends the usual short-run horizon of economic forecasters to better illustrate the potential benefits of reforms to education,

  • Avoid these common not-for-profit financial statement mistakes

    July 10, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy At times during audit season, not-for-profit financial statement auditors may feel like medical professionals in January. They’re extremely busy, and many of the “patients” receive the same diagnosis. “It’s like flu season,” said Dennis Morrone, CPA, the national partner-in-charge of audit services in Grant Thornton’s not-for-profit and higher



    9 de julio 2018 Aproximadamente 200 entidades sin fines de lucro orientadas a la superación de la pobreza y exclusión social, que operan en nuestro país, participan a na Comunidad de Organizaciones Solidarias (COS) http://comunidad-org.cl, organización que desarrollo un formato estandarizado de Memoria Anual y Estados Financieros denominada “FECU SOCIAL”. Asimismo, desarrolló un Manual de

  • What Is A Blockchain Operating System?

    July 3, 2018 Published: FORBES By: Adrian Bridgwater Blockchain, as more and more people are finding out, is a ledger system for keeping records. More specifically, blockchain is an open (i.e. public, not held inside one company, unless it’s a private blockchain) distributed (it exists on many computers) immutable (it can not be altered, in

  • Feature: Reducing the gap between insurance and other industries

    July 5, 2018 Published: IFRS By Gary Kabureck, Member, International Accounting Standards Board Existing accounting practices in the insurance industry are widely perceived as opaque and inconsistent. For companies applying IFRS Standards, the accounting for insurance contracts currently differs significantly from the accounting for other contracts. This diversity poses unnecessary difficulties for potential investors. In 2017,

  • ICAEW launches AI / Big Data scheme for corporate finance transactions

    July 4, 2018 Published: The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Wednesday 4 July 2018, A new initiative to use Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in corporate finance transaction services has been launched by ICAEW. Michael Izza, Chief Executive of the accountancy and finance body, announced the scheme today at ICAEW’s innovation

  • IOSCO seeks feedback on proposed good practices for commodities storage and delivery

    July 04, 2018 Published: IOSCO The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is requesting feedback on proposed good or sound practices to assist relevant storage infrastructures and their oversight bodies to identify and address issues that could affect commodity derivatives’ pricing and in turn affect market integrity and efficiency. In the report

  • SEC: Auditor Independence with Respect to Certain Loans or Debtor-Creditor Relationships

    July 3, 2018 Published: The Caq In this letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the CAQ provides views on an SEC proposal to improve certain aspects of Rule 2-01(c)(1)(ii)(A) of Regulation S-X, referred to as the “Loan Provision.” The CAQ notes that the Loan Provision, as conceived, was designed to curb potential

  • IFRS for SMEs modules

    July 2, 2018 Published: IFAC – IFRS The IFRS Foundation is developing stand-alone modules, one for each section of the 2015 version of the IFRS for SMEs Standard. These modules are designed to provide support to anyone learning about, applying, or reading financial statements prepared using, the IFRS for SMEs Standard. Each module includes the following: – requirements—the full

  • Charla del abogado Germán Concha: “Obligación de Denunciar y Auditores Externos”

    Con fecha 27 de junio 2018, el directorio de la Asociación de Auditores Externos de Chile A.G., invitó a participar a cada socio / director de auditoría a Charla dictada por el abogado Germán Concha sobre “Obligación de Denunciar y Auditores Externos” El evento se realizó en premisas de EY, facilitadas gentilmente a AEChile” 

  • Foundation for Economies Worldwide = Small Business

    June 27, 2018 Published: IFAC By: Christopher Arnold and Manoj Fadnis Most organizations worldwide are small by size and the importance of small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to both developed and developing economies and societies is indisputable. According to the World Trade Organization, (World Trade Report 2016 Leveling the Trading Field for SMEs) SMEs represent over 90 per

  • Transforming the impact of financial information: the role of technology

    June 26, 2018 Published: IFRS Are traditional metrics still relevant? On 5 June 2018, CFA Institute and the IFRS Foundation hosted a panel debate at the Guildhall in London, asking whether traditional metrics are still relevant amidst rapid technological advancements. Moderator Jane Fuller captures some of the key points made during the discussion. If investing

  • The Changing Role of Accounting in Enterprise Performance Management

    June 26, 2018 Published: IFAC By: Larry White Accounting and the finance function have traditionally been identified as leaders in providing information for enterprise performance management (EPM).  But times are changing. Can performance ultimately be measured in financial reports?   Don’t financial reports guide management and the capital markets?  Isn’t the financial statement audit the ultimate

  • Strategies for quality work in single audits

    June 25, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy Like many members of the CPA profession, single audit practitioners will be managing a change process while maintaining an intense focus on quality. The change coming soon is the imminent release of updated Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, also known as the Yellow Book. The updated Yellow Book

  • Proposal would clarify exception to client confidentiality rule

    June 22, 2018 Published; Journal of Accountancy A newly proposed AICPA ethics rule would clarify that certain reviews of a tax practice are included in the exceptions to the AICPA Professional Standards prohibition on disclosing confidential client information without the specific consent of the client. The limited exceptions to the “Confidential Client Information Rule” (ET §1.700.001) include an exception

  • The IFRS Taxonomy Illustrative Examples 2018 are now available

    June 20, 2018 Published: IFRS The IFRS® Foundation has published today the IFRS Taxonomy Illustrative Examples 2018. The examples demonstrate the use of IFRS Taxonomy 2018 elements by tagging the Illustrative Examples that accompany IFRS Standards. The examples are published in both the XBRL and iXBRL (Inline XBRL) formats. The IFRS Foundation has also made available

  • SEC unveils goals for next 4 years

    June 19, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy By Jeff Drew Technology and data are top of mind for the SEC in the initial draft of its strategic plan for fiscal years 2018–2022. The SEC sets three goals in the document, which was released for comment on Tuesday, but the overarching theme is the need for the commission

  • IMA Management Accounting Competency Framework

    June 18, 2018 Published: Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Management accounting, like many other fields, is being impacted by a large number of disruptive new technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cognitive computing, and machine learning. To keep pace with the changing business environment and advancements in technology, IMA has analyzed the emerging competencies needed

  • 5 Qualities Audit Committees Want a Corporate Controller to Possess

    June 14, 2018 Published: GoingConcern By: Jason Bramwell Open communication, face-to-face exposure, accountability: These are just some of the tenets of an effective relationship between the corporate controller and the audit committee. But after reading a couple of articles on what audit committees want from CFOs, I was curious to find out what audit committees expect

  • RegTech: the next big thing?

    June 15, 2018 Published: Accountancy Europe by Laura Buijs and Iryna de Smedt   Technology has long been used to help firms comply with financial and other regulations, but never has it been more in demand. The marriage of regulation and technology – or RegTech – is increasingly seen as ’the next big thing’ to

  • Simplifying Auditing Standards for Small or Non-Complex Entities–Exploring Possible Solutions

    May 18, 2018 Published: IFAC By: Hilde Blomme Confidence in small business benefits us all. The difficulties of applying the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) in small or non-complex entity audits are apparent, and as such the status quo is not an option. With our new publication, we aim to open the conversation to find an

  • El FMI elevó a 3.9% la perspectiva de crecimiento en América Latina

    13 de junio de 2018 Publicado: InversorLatam “La región debe aprovechar al máximo el potencial de la Cuarta Revolución Industrial, que es el presente, no el futuro, y está ahí lista para ayudar a la región a alcanzar un desarrollo sostenible”, WEF (Word Economic Forum). El Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) elevó a 3.9% la perspectiva de crecimiento para

  • COSO supplements ERM Framework with industry examples

    June 11, 2018 Published: AccountingToday The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, also known as COSO, has added a supplement to its widely used Enterprise Risk Management Framework, including detailed examples of how to use the ERM Framework, written by PwC under the direction of COSO’s board. The Compendium of Examples links together the

  • Public vs. Private Blockchains: What CPAs should know

    June 6, 2018 Published: AICPA Posted by Guest Blogger The word “blockchain” has been tossed around as if all blockchains are the same. Real-time access to information, increased transparency and encryption are standard benefits of any blockchain. However, there are two different types of blockchains: public and private, both of which are important for CPAs

  • Amid strong outlook for U.S. economy, risks abound

    June 6, 2018 Published: OECD The U.S. economy is experiencing one of the longest expansions on record, but the scars left by the Great Recession, as well as challenges posed by globalization and automation shocks, remain visible across the country, according to a new report from the OECD. The latest Economic Survey of the United States presents a

  • Culture of ​Accountability

    June 05, 2018 Published: Internal Auditor  By: Neil Hodge Effective cultures encourage employees to take full ownership of their responsibilities — a process in which internal audit can play a strong role. Holding people and organizations to account has historically been a case of pinning blame on them for failures they either caused directly or