What’s on the FASB’s 2021 Agenda?

In December 2020, Richard Jones stepped up as chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). After meeting with stakeholders in early 2021, Jones identified a list of high-priority projects that he plans to tackle under his leadership.

Updated Guidance for Impairment Testing: When to Consider Triggering Events

On March 30, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) published an updated accounting standard on events that trigger an impairment test under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This simplified alternative may provide relief to private companies and not-for-profit entities that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you should know.

4 Ways to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Audit Committee

Audit committees face many challenges in 2021. As the economy rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new dimensions to the oversight roles and responsibilities of the audit committees. Consider taking the following four steps to fortify your committee’s effectiveness.

Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorism Financing Compliance

An Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance program combines every activity a firm performs to meet the constantly evolving AML compliance obligations: built-in internal operations, user-processing policies, accounts monitoring and detection, and reporting of money laundering incidents. DLA provides a wide variety of consultative services designed to assist an organization in all aspects of AML/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) compliance.

Convertible Instruments: FASB Encourages Early Adoption of New Rules

In August 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued updated guidance to simplify the accounting rules for convertible instruments and contracts in an entity’s own equity. The changes will provide investors with less-costly, more-comparable information that’s easier to understand.

FASB Approves New Rules For Goodwill Triggering Events

On February 10, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted 6 to 1 to finalize its December 2020 proposal on the assessment of events that may trigger a goodwill impairment test. However, the scope of the guidance has been expanded to cover a broader number of private companies and not-for-profits in the final rules.

Making Sense of Your Statement of Cash Flows

The statement of cash flows essentially tells you about cash entering and leaving a business. It’s arguably the most misunderstood and underappreciated part of a company’s annual report. After all, a business that reports positive net income on its income statements sometimes doesn’t have enough cash in the bank to pay its bills. Reviewing the statement of cash flows can provide significant insight into a company’s financial health and long-term viability.