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Financial Reporting Blog: Best of 2016

2016’s 10 most popular posts from Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Blog.  2016 proved to be an interesting year, both in terms of developments in financial reporting and the range of topics covered on this blog.  We’ve enjoyed sharing our thoughts in this forum over the last three years and look forward to new challenges and opportunities in 2017. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial R ...

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Licenses of Intellectual Property

The New Revenue Recognition Standard and Accounting for Licenses Wiley author, Joanne Flood, looks at how the new revenue standard affects reporting of licensing revenue. Copyright Wiley, 2016. To be published in February 2017 in the book: Wiley Revenue Recognition plus Website: Understanding and Implementing the New Standard (Wiley Regulatory Reporting). ...

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FASB Muses on Goodwill Impairments

Goodwill—should it be amortized or not?  That is one of the questions the FASB has wrestled with over the last few years.  Lucas Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, takes us through the changes to this system that are in the works, as the FASB Board made a few tentative decisions regarding the accounting for goodwill impairment for public and private entities. To r ...

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Top Considerations for 2016 Audit Cycle

Areas of high attention for auditors during the 2016 audit cycle will include a new standard on naming the engagement partner as well as internal control over financial reporting.  Ken Tysiac, JofA editorial director, reports that key considerations for auditors in general and auditors of brokers and dealers are discussed in two new publications by the Center for Audit Quality. To read the full article in t ...

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Will Planned Derivatives Accounting Changes Stem Flow of Restatements, Improve Risk Management?

New Accounting Rules Could Encourage use of Derivatives Changes to accounting rules for derivatives may prompt companies to start using reasonable derivative-based risk-management tools, said Jim Kroeker of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.  Kroeker suggested this was one possible benefit of FASB's proposal for hedge accounting, which could be issued in September. To read the full article in Bloombe ...

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New Rules for Goodwill Impairment?

This blog outlines some recent changes to the impairment testing regime which provides corporate finance managers with periodic updates and commentary around several topics including impairment testing.  Lucas Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, provides some insight as to what impact this may have. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting B ...

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5 Things to Consider Under the New Lease Accounting Standards

How to Prepare for the Lease Accounting Standard The new lease accounting standard could have a significant impact on companies' balance sheets after it takes effect.  Chris Hatten, CPA, and Nicole Riley, CPA, with PKF Texas discuss five things companies can do to prepare. To read the full article in the Houston Business Journal, click: 5 Things to Consider Under the New Lease Accounting Standards. ...

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New Guidance Issued for Federal Public-Private Partnership Disclosures

Federal Agencies Face New Disclosure Requirements for Public-Private Partnerships Federal agencies will be required to present disclosures about public-private partnerships in their general-purpose financial statements under guidance issued by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.  Ken Tysiac, JofA editorial director, discusses the standard. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, ...

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Non-GAAP Measures: Here to Stay?

The debate over the use of non-GAAP performance measures continues.  Even as the prevalence of these items grows in the financial reports of public companies, cautionary tales of the uses and abuses of such metrics garner headlines.  Lucas M. Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, explains. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: ...

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7 Things to Know About the New Lease Accounting Rules

The FASB announced sweeping changes to the accounting for leases earlier this year that will affect nearly all financial statement issuers.  Travis W Harms, Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group lead, discusses each topic. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: 7 Things to Know About the New Lease Accounting Rules. This article is republished from Mercer ...

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How to Comply with the New Leases Standard

Following FASB’s issuance of its new leases standard, the first step in compliance for many companies is an evaluation of whether they possess all the data they need to report under the new rules.  Ken Tysiac, editorial director of JofA, explores four key considerations recommended for companies as they work to comply with the new leases standard. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, clic ...

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FASB Issues New Standard for Lease Accounting

Expanding the Lessors Qualitative and Quantitative Disclosures In February 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016 – 02, Leases (Topic 842). The existing standard has been criticized because its bright line classification criteria enabled entities to structure leases in such a way as to avoid putting them on the balance sheet. The standard aims to improve and simplify the financial repo ...

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Business or Asset: Can You Tell the Difference?

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) definition of a business is important when it comes to classifying assets and related expenses.  However, some feel that the FASB’s current definition is ambiguous and can result in inconsistent designations of business or asset status.  Samantha Albert, senior financial analyst with Mercer Capital, explains what is currently happening with the FASB proposed ...

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Valuation of Customer-Related Assets

What is key in considering the value of customer-related intangible assets?  Lucas M. Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, examines what attributes are important and their valuation. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Valuation of Customer-Related Assets. This article is republished from Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting ...

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New Rules for Goodwill Impairment?

For some businesses, the possibility for goodwill impairment is an issue.  Lucas M. Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, explains the FASB proposed changes and what the Board has been discussing for a couple years now.   To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: New Rules for Goodwill Impairment?. Thi ...

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Deflategate, Binkygate & Disclosing Open Tax Years

The AICPA's Center for Plain English Accounting conducted an investigation into the applicability of the disclosure requirement of open tax years associated with the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes.  Robert Durak, Director- Center for Plain English Accounting, American Institute of CPAs, discusses a CPEA investigation into the matter. ...

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An Overview of Personal Goodwill

Calculating appropriate goodwill can create significant savings to a taxpayer.  Lucas M. Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, describes the existence of personal goodwill apart from corporate goodwill. To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: An Overview of Personal Goodwill. This article is republished f ...

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Selected Accounting Standards Update

Evolving Accounting Standards for CPAs Wiley author Joanne Flood reviews three significant Accounting Standards Updates (ASU).  First, she reviews ASU 2014–08, issued in April 2014. This ASU focuses on Reporting [for] Discontinued Operations.  This ASU changes the criteria for determining which disposals can be presented as discontinued operations.  In the remaining portion of the article, she summarizes ch ...

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