PwC's weekly alert highlighting current financial reporting developments (including accounting, auditing and regulatory matters). This week's topics include:
Key questions for board and audit committee members
We’re pleased to announce the release of the 2013 edition of our popular publication Key questions for board and audit committee members. These questions can provide a basis to enhance the quality of board and management discussions at year-end and throughout the year. Topics addressed include strategy and risk management, anti-corruption and compliance, financial reporting and audit quality, new tax law and potential corporate tax reform and information technology.
To the point: Current issues for boards of directors
We’ve issued the Winter 2013 edition of our publication To the point: Current issues for boards of directors. This edition focuses on (1) the guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) that was issued jointly by the SEC and DOJ this past November, (2) the directors role in data security and preventing cyber attacks, and (3) policy updates issued by proxy advisor ISS for the 2013 proxy season.
In brief: Boards decide on scope of revenue recognition standard and other matters
The FASB and IASB (the “boards”) decided at their January meeting to clarify the scope of their proposed revenue standard, and they confirmed the accounting for repurchase agreements and performance fees by asset managers. They also confirmed that the accounting for transfers of non-financial assets that are not an output of an entity's ordinary activities should follow the guidance in the revenue recognition standard. This In brief article provides an overview of the boards' decisions and what's next.
PwC comments on AICPA's proposed Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities
PwC submitted its response letter on the AICPA's exposure draft, Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs). The FRF for SMEs is intended to provide a financial reporting alternative for private companies not required to prepare US GAAP financial statements.
We support efforts to enhance financial reporting for private companies. However, we believe 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 Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Accordingly, we believe the best course of action for now is to allow time for the PCC and FASB’s processes to work before moving forward with the framework.
Our response letter outlines our observations and recommendations to enhance the FRF for SMEs if the AICPA decides to move forward with it. Our comments primarily focus on due process considerations, minimizing confusion and clarifying the intended use of the framework, and providing assistance to stakeholders in understanding the implications of using a non-GAAP framework.
Q4-2012 Current Accounting and Reporting Developments webcast — NEW on-demand option now available
Did you miss our Q4 2012 "Current Accounting & Reporting Developments" webcast? If so, you still have an opportunity to view the webcast and earn CPE credit. New this quarter, we are offering the webcast in an on-demand format. You can access the on-demand version whenever it works best for you. A post-event questionnaire, when completed, qualifies participants for 1.5 CPE credits.
FASB meetings and project updates
Meeting summaries: FASB held the following board meetings over the past week:
Next open board meetings: The next scheduled FASB meeting is on February 6, 2013. The FASB will discuss its project on insurance contracts. See the FASB’s website for further information on the meeting.
Project updates: The FASB has updated the following project summaries:
See the FASB’s website for further information on the meetings.
IFRS for SMEs Update — January 2013
The January 2013 edition of the IASB's IFRS for SMEs Update covers, among other things, (1) IFRS Foundation Trustees appoint Darrel Scott as Chairman of the SMEIG, (2) SMEIG meeting February 2013—agenda papers available, (3) updated English-language training modules, and (4) a status report on IFRS for SMEs translations.
IFRIC Update — January 2013
The January 2013 edition of IFRIC Update provides a summary of the IFRS Interpretations Committee's January 22-23 meeting. The meeting included discussion of the following current agenda items:
Also covered were agenda decisions, issues considered for annual improvements, and discussion of other work in progress.
The table in the attachment lists meetings of standard-setting bodies, PwC webcasts and other events occurring in February 2013 that may be of interest to you. Click on the name of the meeting, webcast or event for more information. For additional events, see the events calendar on PwC's CFOdirect Network.
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