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Surgent’s Challenges in Implementing Topic 606 for Entities in the Technology Sector (TEC4) (SSAA027/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:22:29-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Change is definitely coming. For those entities currently following industry-specific accounting guidance for revenue recognition, Topic 606 will be replacing this with a single model. For those in the technology sector that utilize Statement of Position 97-2, Software Revenue Recognition (SOP 97-2), adopting Topic 606 will most likely result in significant changes to when you recognize revenue, particularly with regard to contracts with multiple performance obligations. With the requirement to have vendor-specific objective evidence (VSOE) to support the allocation of transaction price going away under Topic 606, technology companies will also see major change in how they allocate transaction price, which will impact when they record revenue on these transactions. With Topic 606's effective date right around the corner, now is the time to get the answers to your implementation questions. In this course, we'll explore Topic 606 from the perspective of entities that currently recognize revenue under SOP 97-2. We'll highlight the changes that Topic 606 makes to the guidance found in the SOP and focus on the impact that software entities should expect when implementing this new guidance. Implementing Topic 606 will be a challenge for software entities, and this course will help you identity and resolve these issues so that you can complete your adoption strategy.

Surgent’s Accounting for Financial Instruments: Making Sense of the FASB’S New Guidance on Impairment, Hedging, and Financial Assets and Liabi (SSAA076/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:36:27-04:00June 30th, 2020||

With the recent completion of its financial instruments project, the FASB has made some significant changes to how an entity accounts for many of its financial instruments. In ASUs dealing with the recognition and measurement of financial assets and liabilities (ASU No. 2016-01), impairment (ASU No. 2016-13), and hedging, this new guidance will challenge all entities, not just those in the financial services industry. This means you. In this course, we'll review the new guidance in each of these areas and how it varies from existing guidance on accounting for changes in the fair value of equity securities, timing and measurement of the impairment of financial instruments, and hedge accounting. Specifically, we'll review the details of the new Current Estimate of Credit Losses (CECL) model, which entities must follow when determining the credit losses on their financial instruments. Applying the CECL model will result in the earlier recognition of credit losses, as an entity will recognize such losses based on its current estimates, not its actual incurred losses. Next, we'll discuss what's changed in hedge accounting and how these changes may make hedging transactions more appealing to smaller entities. Lastly, we'll explore the changes in where entities record the changes in fair value for equity securities. As almost all entities will have some financial instruments that are within the scope of one or more of these new Updates, now is the time for you to get up to speed on this significant new guidance. With the implementation of this guidance right on the horizon, this is the course for you.

Surgent’s Accounting for Long-Term Assets: Addressing the Challenging Issues (LTA4) (SSAA038/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:22:37-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Often considered relatively low-risk assets, accounting for long-term assets such as property, plant and equipment (PP&E), intangible assets and goodwill can pose significant accounting challenges in their initial measurement and subsequent valuation. Also, the new accounting guidance for revenue recognition and leases will create other classes of long-term assets which will result in additional accounting challenges. In this course, we'll discuss the basic accounting model for various types of long-term assets, such as PP&E, intangibles and right of use assets. Next, we'll discuss the complex accounting around asset impairment and other valuation issues and lastly discuss the impact of recent ASC Updates, such as ASU No. 2017-04 on goodwill impairment and ASU No. 2017-01 on business combinations. As there is often more than meets the eye when it comes to long-term assets, this course will refresh your knowledge on this surprisingly complex area of accounting.

Surgent’s Revenue Recognition, Leases, and Financial Instruments: The FASB’s “Big Three” (FSBT) (SSAA110/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:22:41-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Sometimes we can avoid addressing the elephant in the room for a while. However, when there are three elephants in the room, it's time to address the issues. Designed for practitioners and their staff, whether in public accounting or business and industry, this course provides a comprehensive review and update of the FASB's Big 3 accounting and reporting areas: Revenue Recognition, Leases, and Financial Instruments, including equity securities, hedging and impairment. We will focus on recently issued Accounting Standards Updates, covering these critical areas of your practice or organization. We will analyze the Big 3, which have a major effect on all industries, using examples and illustrations to provide a hands-on approach that will help you better assess and implement the new standards and guidance applicable to your clients or organization.

Surgent’s Small-Business Accounting, Audit, and Attest Update (SMP4) (SSAA019/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:37:04-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Specifically tailored for practitioners who do not perform audits, but provide other attest and non-attest services to small and medium-sized businesses, this course is a comprehensive update covering recently issued accounting, compilation, and review standards, as well as other professional guidance impacting small and medium- sized business accountants. The course uses practical examples and illustrations to help you understand and apply the material in practice.

Surgent’s Guide to the Topic 606 Revenue Recognition Model for All CPAs (REV4) (SSAA015/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:23:38-04:00June 30th, 2020||

The effective date for Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, is now here for all entities. Are you ready? Designed for accounting and auditing practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides a thorough review of the FASB's comprehensive new revenue recognition guidance found in Topic 606. The course will review all aspects of the FASB's new five-step revenue recognition model, including all updates which have been issued to the original ASU. Additionally, the course will review the presentation, and disclosure requirements of the standard. Plenty of examples are used to illustrate the practical application of the ins and outs of the new guidance (including journal entries) to help you better understand and apply the complexities of this completely revamped area of accounting. Revenue recognition changes due to this new guidance could impact wording in contracts, tax planning strategies, budgets, debt covenant compliance, incentive compensation plans, and more. In other words, this comprehensive change in revenue recognition is so much more than simply understanding the resulting debits and credits in the financial statements. As such, it is imperative that all accounting and auditing practitioners at all levels, in both public accounting and business and industry, begin their review and preparation for implementing Topic 606 NOW.

Surgent’s Accounting, Audit, and Attest Update for Practitioners with Small-Business Clients (SMBP) (SSAA018/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:23:58-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Specifically tailored for practitioners who do not perform audits, but provide other attest and non-attest services to small and medium-sized businesses, this course is a comprehensive update covering recently issued accounting, compilation, and review standards, as well as other professional guidance impacting small and medium-sized business accountants. The course uses practical examples and illustrations to help you understand and apply the material in practice.

Surgent’s Lease Accounting: A Whole New Ballgame (LEAS) (SSAA123/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:24:16-04:00June 30th, 2020||

As the effective date of Topic 842 rapidly approaches, now is the time to get your hands around the details of the FASB's new leases standard. Designed for accounting and auditing practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides a thorough overview of the FASB's new lease accounting standard (ASU No. 2016-02) that was released in February 2016. You will learn about the long awaited lease accounting standard for lessors and lessees, including sale and leaseback transactions, as well as recent updates to the new lease accounting guidance. Plenty of practical application illustrations are used, including journal entries, to help in understanding this complex area of accounting.

Surgent’s Challenges in Implementing Topic 606 for Entities in the Technology Sector (TEC4) (SSAA026/20)

By |2019-08-17T11:02:25-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Change is definitely coming. For those entities currently following industry-specific accounting guidance for revenue recognition, Topic 606 will be replacing this with a single model. For those in the technology sector that utilize Statement of Position 97-2, Software Revenue Recognition (SOP 97-2), adopting Topic 606 will most likely result in significant changes to when you recognize revenue, particularly with regard to contracts with multiple performance obligations. With the requirement to have vendor-specific objective evidence (VSOE) to support the allocation of transaction price going away under Topic 606, technology companies will also see major change in how they allocate transaction price, which will impact when they record revenue on these transactions. With Topic 606's effective date right around the corner, now is the time to get the answers to your implementation questions. In this course, we'll explore Topic 606 from the perspective of entities that currently recognize revenue under SOP 97-2. We'll highlight the changes that Topic 606 makes to the guidance found in the SOP and focus on the impact that software entities should expect when implementing this new guidance. Implementing Topic 606 will be a challenge for software entities, and this course will help you identity and resolve these issues so that you can complete your adoption strategy.

Surgent’s Race Toward Implementation: Tackling the Tough Issues in Adopting the New Revenue Recognition Standard (NRRS) (SSAA013/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:24:41-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Whether you are ready or not, the effective date of the new revenue recognition standard is right around the corner. The time to execute your implementation plan is now. Are you ready? In this course, in addition to reviewing the five-step revenue recognition model and the recent Updates that impact the standard, we will explore some industry specific topics that have been challenging for entities adopting the new standard. Topics covered include identifying performance obligations, licenses, customer loyalty programs, other "material right" options, plus other transition issues such as the impact on income taxes and financial systems. As you sprint toward implementation, this course will help make sure that the wind stays at your back.

Surgent’s Current Issues in Accounting and Auditing: An Annual Update (AAU4) (SSAA068/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:25:05-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Designed for accounting and attestation practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides an overview of recent accounting, compilation, preparation, review, and attestation matters including: recently issued Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs); the FASB's comprehensive new Revenue Recognition standard - Topic 606; Lease Accounting - Topic 842; Financial Instruments; SSARS No. 21, Clarification and Recodification and other new standards issued by the ARSC; recent AICPA and PCAOB releases; and other important A&A practice matters you should be aware of.

Surgent’s Construction Contractors: Accounting and Financial Reporting Issues (CST4) (SSAA097/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:25:25-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Accounting and financial reporting for construction contractors may be the most difficult area to be in compliance with the various standards. Also, construction engagements are, in many instances, more "dangerous" than most lines of businesses due to the many users of the financial statements. In this course, we will discuss why construction accounting and financial reporting are so complex, and discuss the relationship between the contractor and the surety, from both an underwriting and claims perspective. We will also explore what the surety looks for in order to maximize potential bond credit.

Surgent’s Annual FASB Update and Review (FUR4) (SSAA112/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:25:28-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Designed for practitioners and their staff, whether in public accounting or business and industry, this course provides an overview of recent FASB accounting and reporting developments. The course begins by reviewing recent Private Company Council (PCC) activities and recently issued Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs), analyzing guidance that has a major effect on all industries, including those covering revenue recognition and leases. Special attention is given to standard setters' activities that affect small and medium-sized entities. Examples and illustrations provide hands-on application to help you assess and implement the new standards and guidance applicable to your practice and clients.

Surgent’s Financial reporting Update for Tax Practitioners (AAUP) (SSAA070/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:39:41-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Designed for all tax practitioners, including those who prepare tax basis financial statements for their clients, this course will replenish your accounting and reporting tank with an update of recent standard setting activities at the PCC, FASB, ASB, and ARSC, including the new revenue recognition, lease and financial instruments accounting standards, including their effects on income tax accounting. The course will also review the income tax effects of other recent FASB updates. We will also review the authoritative standards and guidance for performing and reporting on engagements found in SSARS No. 21, Clarification and Recodification and other recently issued SSARS. The course will focus on any changes to common book-tax temporary differences which will result from applying this new guidance and will utilize plenty of hands-on examples and illustrations to increase your overall understanding and application of the material.

Surgent’s Statement of Cash Flows: Preparation Guidance and Presentation Illustrations (FLO4) (SSAA108/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:39:45-04:00June 30th, 2020||

From its humble beginnings way back in 1963 when the Accounting Principles Board "encouraged" the presentation of a funds statement, the Statement of Cash Flows has made its way to a required, critical, and often considered the most important financial statement in an entity's financial reporting package. This course will provide you with an overall review of the authoritative literature used for preparing a statement of cash flows, FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 230, Statement of Cash Flows, as well as implementation guidance and real-world presentation examples from published financial statements. The course will also address recent Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) related to the preparation of the statement of cash flows. Hands-on exercises will be used to help you apply the requirements and guidance which can be challenging especially in those situations when non-operating changes in assets and liabilities are involved. Disclosure requirements will also be reviewed and illustrated across a number of accounting standards.

Surgent’s Construction Contractors: Critical Accounting, Auditing, and Tax Issues (CONS) (SSAA089/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:26:06-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Accounting and financial reporting for construction contractors may be the most difficult area to be in compliance with the various standards. Construction engagements are, in many instances, more "dangerous" than most lines of businesses due to the many users of the financial statements. In this course, we will discuss why construction accounting and financial reporting are so complex, and discuss the relationship between the contractor and the surety, both from an underwriting and claims perspective. We will also explore what the surety looks for in order to maximize potential bond credit, and we will discuss key areas of tax compliance concentrating on those areas which make construction unique, including the impact of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the construction industry.

Surgent’s Non-GAAP Financial Statement Options: Cash, Modified Cash, and Tax Basis (CMT4) (SSAA086/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:40:03-04:00June 30th, 2020||

For many businesses, preparing financial statements using a special purpose framework may provide an alternative to the complexity of U.S. GAAP. This course will provide you with an overview and hands-on application for preparing financial statements using a special purpose framework. You will learn the unique measurement and disclosure requirements of various Special Purpose Framework (SPF) options using example financial statements and illustrative disclosures. The course also includes common practice issues encountered when preparing SPF financial statements, as well as an introduction to the AICPA's new SPF for small and medium-sized entities, FRF for SMEsTM. We will also review recent updates to the standards for accounting and review services that impact engagements performed on SPF financial statements.

Surgent’s Annual Accounting Update (ACU4) (SSAA074/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:26:39-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Designed for accounting and auditing practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides an overview of recent accounting matters including: Private Company Standard Setting activities; recently issued Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs); the FASB's comprehensive new Revenue Recognition standard, Topic 606; a brief update of the FASB's new Lease Accounting standard -- ASU No. 2016-02; changes to the adoption dates for PCC alternatives and other important accounting matters.

Surgent’s AICPA Update (AICU) (SSAA077/20)

By |2019-07-07T15:40:34-04:00June 30th, 2020||

Designed for accounting and auditing practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides an overview of the AICPA's new special purpose framework, Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEsT); a Compilation and Review Update, including a discussion of the recently issued SSARS No. 22 and 23; as well as recent activities of the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) and other AICPA Boards and affiliated organizations. You will learn about the latest standards, exposure drafts, and guidance focusing on issues applicable to accountants and auditors in public accounting and private industry.