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New audit committee survey reveals trends on risks, ESG reporting and more

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted March 9, 2022 / No comments

In late January, a survey entitled “Audit Committee Practices Report: Common Threads Across Audit Committees” was published by Deloitte and the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The survey analyzed 246 responses, including 86% of respondents who served on audit committees of public companies. Here are some

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

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted March 1, 2022 / No comments

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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4 levels of audit opinions

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted February 23, 2022 / No comments

The first page of audited financial statements is the auditor’s report. This is an important part of the financials that shouldn’t be overlooked. It contains the audit opinion, which indicates whether the financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects, compliant with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and free from material misstatement. In general,

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Take your financial statements to the next level

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted February 15, 2022 / No comments

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

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted February 4, 2022 / No comments

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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Preparations vs. compilations

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted January 21, 2022 / No comments

Your business needs financial statements so management can monitor performance, attract investment capital and borrow money from a bank or other lender. But not all financial statements are created equal. Audited statements are considered the “gold standard” in financial reporting. While public companies are required to issue audited statements, smaller, privately held organizations have options.

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Footnote disclosures: The story behind the numbers

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted January 29, 2021 / No comments

The footnotes to your company’s financial statements give investors and lenders insight into account balances, accounting practices and potential risk factors — knowledge that’s vital to making well-informed business and investment decisions. Here are four important issues that you should cover in your footnote disclosures. 1. Unreported or contingent liabilities A company’s balance sheet might

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The easiest way to survive an IRS audit is to get ready in advance

Timothy King

Posted By: Timothy King

Posted October 5, 2020 / No comments

IRS audit rates are historically low, according to the latest data, but that’s little consolation if your return is among those selected to be examined. But with proper preparation and planning, you should fare well. In fiscal year 2019, the IRS audited approximately 0.4% of individuals. Businesses, large corporations and high-income individuals are more likely

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Overcoming the challenges of remote auditing during the COVID-19 crisis

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted May 27, 2020 / No comments

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 audit procedures. These efforts have helped lower audit costs, enhance flexibility and minimize disruptions to

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What are the responsibilities of an audit committee?

Stephen Leazzo

Posted By: Stephen Leazzo

Posted January 17, 2020 / No comments

Before you jump headfirst into the year-end financial reporting process, review the role independent audit committees play in providing investors and markets with high-quality, reliable financial information. Recent SEC statement Under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, all public companies must have an independent audit committee or have the full board of directors act as

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