This week's PwC update on financial reporting developments includes: Private company reporter: PCC makes progress on intangible assets... Global Tax Accounting Services Newsletter (April - July 2014)... SEC seeks comments on PCAOB's auditing standard on related parties... and more
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article about the influence of activist shareholders and the role they play today in forcing change. There is also news about a Delaware bill that would prohibit fee-shifting bylaws, environmental groups warning boards of fossil fuel companies about climate-change litigation, the new converged revenue recognition standard, and the first round of conflict minerals disclosures.
GRC Technology has become an increasingly critical factor for driving value (i.e., recovering profitability, increasing efficiency, detecting fraud, etc.) and automating manual compliance and risk management activity in the enterprise. Organizations have increased their adoption of Oracle Advanced Control (“AC”) to improve the oversight of corporate governance, including financial reporting compliance, enterprise risk management (ERM), and related audits. To better understand organizations’ awareness and how organizations are using (or considering using) Advanced Controls technology to drive value in an enterprise, PwC conducted an Oracle Advanced Controls study.
This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article about the meaning of risk appetite and the role the board and management play. There is also news about a Delaware court decision on fee-shifting bylaws, the new Venezuelan foreign currency exchange regime and an update on the 2014 shareholder proposals, the proposals for Audit Quality Indicators and the conflict minerals disclosure rule.
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Unexpected expenditures and accounting adjustments – like those arising from environmental obligations – can dramatically impact capital budgeting and future earnings. Companies have found that practices vary widely across sectors and both engineering and accounting expertise are critical in assessing environmental obligations.
Did you miss the Q2 2014 "Current Accounting & Reporting Developments" webcast on June 18? If so, you still have an opportunity to view the webcast and earn CPE credit! PwC is offering the Q2 2014b webcast in an on-demand format for your convenience.
Our annual State of the Internal Audit Profession, which includes responses from more than 1,900 chief audit executives (CAEs), internal audit managers, members of senior management, and board members, representing 24 industries and 37 countries, provided substantial insight into how internal audit is performing and the steps individual functions are taking to increase their contribution to their respective organizations.
Join us for an in-depth look at the latest trends and themes presented in our 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study. The findings have expanded significantly upon last year's focus on the alignment of expectations for the function and include: Understanding stakeholder perceptions related to the value of Internal Audit; Further enhancing alignment of Internal Audit's mandate or core responsibilities; Improving performance of Internal Audit through alignment of expectations; and more.
This edition updates you on recent FASB, SEC and other regulatory and corporate governance topics. Learn what's new now, and what to look for in the near future. We invite you to download our Q1 publication and view our new video perspectives.
Business development during recent decades has involved extensive use of technology designed to drive business competitiveness and expand new business horizons. Integrating data analytics into your Internal Audit approach can help you achieve your audit objectives in a more reliable and cost-effective way. This white paper highlights what Internal Audit can be doing to help utilize analytics across their audit plan.
While overall we agree with ASEC’s proposed restructuring and revised TSP and Criteria exposure draft, within our response we specifically highlighted and provided examples where some criteria could be further enhanced.
There is plenty of evidence that investors value the auditor’s opinion on the financial statements. They don’t want to lose it. But in the wake of the financial crises, investors and other stakeholders began to call for auditor’s reports to be more informative. Auditors have unique and relevant insight based on their audits and investors and other stakeholders are asking auditors to share some of that insight.
The Q3 2013 edition focuses on accounting and reporting issues for private companies that could impact public companies, statement of cash flows, entities under common control, contingencies, new vice-chairman at the FASB, PCAOB proposal on improving auditor reporting, and international developments on auditor rotation and retendering.
On September 18, 2013, the SEC voted 3 to 2 to propose a rule that would require public companies to calculate and disclose its CEO compensation as a multiple of the median employee’s pay. This In brief article provides an overview of the key provisions of the proposed rule.
On May 14, 2013, COSO published an updated Internal Control-Integrated Framework and related illustrative documents. This Dataline highlights noteworthy updates to the Framework, summarizes the purpose of the illustrative documents, and highlights key considerations for clients.
Accurate and reliable financial statements are essential to the effective functioning of the capital markets. To that end, auditors play an important role by executing independent and objective audits of the financial statements that are prepared by management.
Following consultation with members of the PwC network of firms, this response summarizes the views of member firms who commented on the tentative agenda decision, published in the January 2013 edition of IFRIC Update.
At the EITF's March 14 meeting, the Task Force discussed four Issues, reaching a final consensus on two issues (12-B and 12-G) and consensus-for-exposure on one Issue (13-B). Further discussion is expected on one issue (12-F). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
PwC fully supports efforts to enhance financial reporting for private companies, and believes that the most appropriate way to achieve meaningful change for private company stakeholders is through the collaborative efforts of the recently established Private Company Council (PCC) and the FASB. However, should the AICPA decide to issue this new non-GAAP framework, our comment letter provides observations and recommendations on changes the AIPCA should make to minimize confusion and enhance clarity. ...
At the EITF's January 17 meeting, the Task Force discussed seven Issues, reaching a final consensus on two issues (11-A and 12-D) and consensus-for-exposure on two Issues (13-A and 13-C). Further discussion is expected on three issues (12-B, 12-F and 12-H). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
During the recent economic downturn, some stakeholders were surprised to learn that companies faced liquidity issues. As a result, the FASB and PCAOB are currently revisiting the accounting and auditing guidance around going concern assessments. Our Point of view on assessing going concern highlights that a standard that will require a company to provide earlier and more frequent, scalable disclosures that increase if conditions deteriorate will benefit stakeholders. However, we recognize that the auditor's role under the existing auditing standards is important to stakeholders. We believe improvements in the reporting model will be achieved most effectively by accounting and auditing standard setters working together to develop complementary standards.
PwC supports the PEEC's stated objective of clarifying the circumstances under which the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct applies to services provided by its members. PwC recommends that prior to adopting its proposal, the PEEC should further consider three things: (1) whether the PEEC's proposed revision to the definition of professional services will have the unintended effect of sweeping in services that have no connection with or relationship to the practice of accountancy; ...
This year end, entities continue to face many complex financial reporting issues such as providing new fair value disclosures, accounting for debt modifications, and evaluating revenue recognition guidance. Economic challenges around the world continue to have broad financial reporting implications. While not an all-inclusive list, this Dataline is intended to serve as a timely reminder of leading practices and lessons learned on key issues that companies should consider as they navigate the year-end financial reporting process.
On December 19, 2011, COSO issued an exposure draft of the proposed Internal Control-Integrated Framework (the updated Framework) for public comments that ended on March 31, 2012. This Dataline highlights the more noteworthy changes to the updated Framework, including requirements set out for effective internal control. It also summarizes the purpose of the companion documents to the updated Framework and highlights key considerations for companies, including transition to the updated Framework.
In June 2012, the FASB issued a proposal that would require companies to provide new disclosures about liquidity and interest rate risks. The proposal calls for quantitative exhibits and qualitative disclosures about risks arising from an entity's recorded and unrecorded financial instruments and cash flow obligations. Additionally, it provides separate disclosure requirements for any entity or segment defined as a "financial institution." This Dataline looks at the proposed disclosures and offers our observations.
The FASB and IASB jointly issued the initial leases exposure draft in August 2010 (the "initial ED"). A majority of the over 800 comment letters received raised significant concerns about the proposals. Redeliberations began in January 2011 and were substantially completed in July 2012. A "revised ED" is planned for the end of November 2012 (although this may slip into early 2013), with a 120-day comment period. This Dataline looks at both the lessee and lessor proposed accounting models that will be included in the revised ED.
At the EITF's September 11 meeting, the Task Force discussed five Issues, reaching a final consensus on three issues (12-A, 12-C and 12-E) and consensus-for-exposure on two Issues (11-A and 12-G). This edition of EITF observer provides a synopsis of the meeting.
PwC generally supports the proposals and believes they will heighten the auditor's focus on the potential for material misstatement, particularly material misstatement due to fraud, arising from relationships and transactions with related parties, significant unusual transactions, and financial relationships and transactions with executive officers.
PwC believes that the audits of brokers and dealers should be conducted in accordance with PCAOB auditing and attestation standards once the SEC adopts Rule 17a-5 and, therefore, supports the changes to the Board's rules to reflect its pending jurisdiction over the auditors of brokers and dealers.
PwC commends the Board for issuing a re-proposal of the proposed standard and appreciate the Board's responsiveness in considering, addressing and providing feedback with respect to comments received on the original proposal. In the letter, PwC respectfully offers some suggestions that it believes will further improve the proposal.
PwC provides its perspective on the rules to be reviewed in accordance with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. PwC's comments are focused on auditor independence requirements approved by the SEC in November 2000, highlighting areas where the firm believes those rules may have a detrimental impact on small companies, investors and the U.S. capital markets.
The 2011 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments was held on December 5, 6, and 7, 2011. Similar to prior years, the Conference hosted representatives from regulators and standard setters, along with auditors, users, preparers, and industry experts who expressed views on a wide range of important accounting, auditing, and financial reporting topics. We provide you highlights of the topics discussed at the Conference in this Dataline.
PwC global network of firms believes that the time is right to significantly enhance auditor reporting. Valuable enhancements can be made now that move us some way to achieving the goal of more informative and valuable auditor reporting. As solutions are developed, it is critical that there be active, continuous and open dialogue amongst auditing standard setters, regulators, users and other stakeholders. PwC global network urges the IAASB to work in collaboration with the PCAOB in relation to their respective consultation papers to develop solutions that work globally.
PwC global network of firms believes that the proposed standard provides a strong basis for the performance of all assurance engagements and will facilitate consistent high quality engagements, capable of being supplemented by clearly tailored topic-specific ISAEs as required, in response to the needs of users. PwC global network also believes that the revisions to the requirements and application material to better articulate the defining characteristics of a limited assurance engagement, together with the principles and differences between attestation and direct engagements, are useful.