Accounting & Audit

Do you know the signs of financial distress in a business?

Financial statements tell only part of the story. Investors, lenders and other stakeholders who know how to identify red flags of impending problems can protect their own financial interests. Additional due diligence may be needed to uncover these issues. For instance, stakeholders might need to talk to management, visit the company’s website and compute financial…

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Goodwill in a bad economy

In today’s volatile economy, many businesses and nonprofits have been required to write down the value of acquired goodwill on their balance sheets. Others are expected to follow suit — or report additional write-offs — in 2022. To the extent that goodwill is written off, it can’t be recovered in the future, even if the…

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Are you ready for the new disclosure requirements for government assistance?

Starting in fiscal year 2022, all entities — except nonprofit organizations in the scope of Topic 958, Not-for-Profit Entities, and employee benefit plans — must provide detailed disclosures about government assistance. Here are the details of the new rules. Defining government assistance The term “government assistance” may refer to perks and other incentives policymakers provide to…

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Changes Are Coming to Your Auditor’s Report

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Auditing Standards Board’s latest standards are kicking in, and many nonprofits will notice resulting changes to the format and content of auditor reports on their organizations’ financial statements. The updates are intended to make auditor reports more meaningful and transparent for the users of financial statements, including…

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Take your financial statements to the next level

Spring is the time of year that calendar-year-end businesses issue financial statements and prepare tax returns. This year, take your financial data beyond compliance. Here’s how financial statements can be used to be proactive, not reactive, to changes in the marketplace. Perform a benchmarking study Financial statements can be used to evaluate the company’s current…

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Audit disclosures: Why the fine print is important

Footnotes appear at the end of a company’s audited financial statements. These disclosures provide insight into account balances, accounting practices and potential risk factors — knowledge that’s vital to making well-informed lending and investing decisions. Here are examples of key risk factors that you might unearth by reading between the lines in a company’s footnotes.…

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Did Your Lender Approve Only Partial Forgiveness of Your PPP Loan? You May Be Able to Request an SBA Loan Review

Effective January 27, 2022, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued Procedural Notice 5000-827666. This new process allows those Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers who have received partial forgiveness approval by their lender to request SBA review of that forgiveness decision.  SBA review is entirely at the SBA’s discretion. The SBA has received many inquiries from…

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Construction Accounting: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Financial Reporting

In today’s challenging environment, a construction company’s relationships with its lenders and surety are more important than ever. One way to enhance these relationships is to optimize your financial reporting to ensure it provides the information that lenders and sureties need to feel comfortable extending credit and bonding to your business. Here are five ways…

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KPIs: What Are They, And Which Ones Count?

Management needs timely, accurate feedback to guide operating decisions, anticipate problems and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Unfortunately, comprehensive financial statements take a long time to generate. Reporting key performance indicators (KPIs) on a monthly or weekly basis is a simplified alternative to gauge performance in real time. Popular financial metrics KPIs measure an organization’s…

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Digitizing The Accounts Receivable Process

While digitalization continues to take hold of the business world, the billing and collections functions for many organizations remain largely paper based. Businesses that automate the accounts receivable process may accomplish several operational and financial goals. Here are five key benefits that organizations can unlock when they “go digital.” 1. Manual processing is minimized; efficiency…

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