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Accounting for Leasehold Improvements and Lease Incentives Under New Rules

Lease incentives are any payment made to, or on behalf of, a lessee to fund items that would otherwise be a lessee’s expense. This includes reimbursement for moving expenses or assumption of a lessee’s pre-existing lease.   Lease incentives reduce lease payments used for lease...


IRS Publishes GILTI Tax Forms

The IRS has published both of the forms U.S. shareholders need to compute amounts tied to global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI). The GILTI provisions were enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and apply to all U.S. persons that own at least 10 percent of a foreign corporation. ...


5 Ways to Stand Out In Your First Year On the Job

You’ve passed the CPA exam and landed your first job as an accounting professional! It can be tempting to assume the hard part is behind you now that you’ve successfully passed the CPA exam. The truth is that the working world is full of obstacles that need to be carefully navigated. As you...


8 Networking Tips for CPAs

If you poll CPAs on how they found their current position, you would find it’s often through networking, both informal and formal. Making personal connections often leads to professional opportunities in the accounting world. When searching for a role as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA),...


Opportunity Zone Investments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new investment our clients need to be aware of. Referred to as the “Opportunity Zone” program, this new investment vehicle provides spectacular tax benefits for those who can take advantage of its features. This article explores the key aspects of investing in...


What PCAOB Inspectors Will Look for in 2019 Audits

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issues an annual outlook on the potential focus areas for inspections of audits of issuers and broker dealers. The following areas will be emphasized in 2019: Recurring deficiencies related to auditor independence suggest that firms do not have...


New Treasury Regulations Usher in the New Year

The Treasury Department issued a plethora of guidance in the international tax arena during the latter part of 2018 to address changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This article provides a brief summary of the proposed regulations for the transition tax, global intangible low-taxed...


5 Tips for Surviving Busy Season

It’s that time again! Every tax accountant and auditor understands the stress and exhaustion of busy season. While we can’t lighten your workload, we can offer a few tips to help you survive it.  Inform your non-accounting family and friends. Your loved ones who aren’t a part of the...


Materiality – Standard Setters Revisit This Important Concept

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently amended Statement of Financial Accounting Concepts No. 8, Chapter 3, Qualitative Characteristics of Useful Financial Information. The Concepts Statement provides a foundation from which financial reporting standards are created.  Similarly,...


Tax Policy Under a New Congress

In December 2017, Republicans passed the biggest tax reform legislation since Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Now, a year later, Democrats have control of the House of Representatives and there is much speculation about what will happen with tax policy in 2019 under the 116th...


Revenue Recognition – Real Life Impacts

Accounting for revenues and the associated direct costs has caused global sweeping changes recently.  While the underlying concepts are not entirely new, the changes are having larger impacts on certain industries and are causing other companies to rethink how they do business. U.S. public...


Treasury Releases Proposed Regs on New GILTI Tax Provisions

In mid-September, the Treasury Department and IRS released proposed regulations on the treatment of Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI).  The GILTI rules were created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and operate as a worldwide backstop to the territorial-style rules adopted by the tax...


FASB Updates Accounting for Costs of Implementing Cloud-Based Computing Arrangements

ASU 2018-05, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other: Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40) relates to a customer’s accounting for costs incurred in implementing a cloud-based computing arrangement that is considered a service contract versus a software license. Previously issued ASU 2015-05 provided...


Tax Benefits of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Commentary on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) often focuses on the new territorial tax provision that allows U.S. corporations operating abroad to exempt certain foreign-source income from U.S. taxation, but there has long been a provision available to U.S. individuals working abroad to exempt...


Recent Rulings Affecting the Deductibility of Charitable Contributions

Years ago my wife, kids, and I would staff a Salvation Army kettle outside a Target store during the holiday season. In those days if you put money in the pot you got a deduction.  Now it is not as easy. This article explores some of the recent rulings that impact the deductibility of charitable...


New Lease Accounting Standards Released Related to Topic 842

Two new accounting standards impacting the implementation of ASU 2016-02, that created Leases (Topic 842), were recently released.  ASU 2018-11 contains targeted improvements, and ASU 2018-10 contains codification improvements. The codification improvements affect narrow aspects of the lease...


Treasury Issues Guidance on Transition Tax under Section 965

On August 1, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations relating to the Section 965 transition tax created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The TCJA changed the way U.S. companies are taxed on their foreign earnings and the transition tax bridges the gap between the old and new rules....


GAO Issues Revised Yellow Book Standards…Finally!!!

Revised standards issued July 17, 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are designed to provide a framework for high-quality governmental audits, which include audits of government entities and entities receiving government awards. Also known as the “Yellow Book,” the...


The New Limitation on Interest Expense

In April 2018, the Treasury Department and IRS issued Notice 2018-28, which provides guidance to taxpayers for complying with the new rules under section 163(j) that limit deductions for interest expense. Notice 2018-28 (the Notice) states that the Treasury Department and IRS will be issuing...


New Definition of a Business

ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business revised the definition of a business, which will reduce the number of transactions that are accounted for as “business combinations” versus “asset acquisitions”. The following are two very important...