Accounting & Audit

financial forecasting

Forecasting Financial Results for a Start-Up Business

There’s a bright side to today’s unprecedented market conditions: Agile people may discover opportunities to start new business ventures. Start-ups need a comprehensive business plan, including detailed financial forecasting, to drum up capital from investors and lenders. Entrepreneurs may also use forecasting as yardsticks for evaluating and improving performance over time. However, forecasting can be…

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dashboard reports

Drive Success with Dashboard Reports

Timely, relevant financial data is critical to managing a business in today’s unprecedented conditions. Similar to the control panel in a vehicle or machine, dashboard reports provide a real-time snapshot of how your business is performing. Why you need a dashboard report Everything in dashboard reports can typically be found elsewhere in the company’s financial…

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external audit nonprofit

An External Audit Offers Many Benefits to Nonprofits

Your nonprofit organization may be required to hire an independent outside CPA to audit its books, depending on its annual gross receipts and other factors. Even when an external audit isn’t mandated, however, it’s often recommended. These audits can provide assurance to donors and other stakeholders that your organization is operating with integrity and within…

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accounting for cloud computing

Accounting for Cloud Computing Arrangements

The costs to set up cloud computing services can be significant, and many companies would prefer not to immediately expense these setup costs. Updated guidance on accounting for cloud computing costs aims to reduce differences in the accounting treatment for these arrangements. In a nutshell, the changes will spread more of the costs of implementing…

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asset impairment

Asset Impairment is Expected to Hit 2020 Financial Statements

Some companies are expected to report impairment losses in fiscal year 2020 because of the COVID-19 crisis. Depending on the nature of your operations and assets, the pandemic could be considered a “triggering event” that warrants interim impairment testing. Examples of assets that may become impaired include long-lived assets (such as equipment and real estate),…

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outsourcing

Is it Time to Outsource Finance and Accounting?

Outsourcing may appeal to organizations that are currently struggling with mounting overhead costs during the COVID-19 crisis. By outsourcing, you convert certain fixed overhead costs associated with compensating and supporting employees into variable costs that can be scaled back in an economic downturn — or dialed up in times of growth and transition. One department…

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month-end close

5 Steps to Streamline the Month-End Close

Many companies struggle to close the books at the end of the month. The month-end close requires accounting personnel to round up data from across the organization. Under normal conditions, this process can strain internal resources. However, in recent years the accounting and tax rules have undergone major changes — many of which your personnel…

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remote auditing

Overcoming the Challenges of Remote Auditing during the COVID-19 Crisis

Many people are currently working from home to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your external auditors are no exception. Fortunately, in recent years, most audit firms have been investing in technology and training to facilitate remote auditing procedures. These efforts have helped lower audit costs, enhance flexibility and minimize disruptions to…

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cross-training accounting personnel

COVID-19: A Reminder of Why Cross-Training Your Accounting Staff is Key

Why is cross-training important? Imagine this scenario: A company’s controller is hospitalized for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and she’s the only person inside the company who knows how its accounting and payroll software works. She also is the only person with check signing authority, besides the owner, who is in lockdown at his second home…

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normalizing adjustments

Benchmarking: Why Normalizing Adjustments are Essential

Financial statements aren’t particularly meaningful without a relevant basis of comparison. There are two types of “benchmarks” that a company’s financials can be compared to — its own historical performance and the performance of other comparable businesses. Before you conduct a benchmarking study, however, it’s important to make normalizing adjustments to avoid any misleading comparisons.…

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