Both public and private CPAs must be up-to-date on changes to various potentially relevant standards, including: U.S. GAAP, audits of nonissuers, compilations and reviews. This module provides recent and proposed changes to relevant professional and regulatory standards.
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.
Designed for accounting and attestation practitioners at all levels in both public accounting and business and industry, this course provides a comprehensive review of recent standard setting activities of the PCC, FASB, ASB, and ARSC. Not only will this course bring you up-to-date on the requirements, it also provides you with many hands-on examples and illustrations to help you apply the guidance in practice. You'll learn about the latest standards, exposure drafts, and guidance focusing on issues applicable to accountants and attestation practitioners in public accounting and private industry. This course also includes a discussion of common audit quality issues noted in peer reviews; updates practitioners on the latest developments impacting compilation, preparation, and review engagements; and discusses other matters of interest to all accountants.
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.
Surgent’s Financial Statement Disclosures: A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (GSM4) (SSAA120/20)
A clear and concise set of proper financial statement disclosures can make or break an entity's financial statements. Such disclosures are no longer simply additional information provided by a business; they can be complex in nature and difficult to both prepare and understand, even for small and medium-sized businesses. Oftentimes, financial statement users will first turn to the notes in the financial statements in order to get a feel for where the business and its numbers might be heading. This course will focus on key balance sheet and income statement disclosure as well as those relating to adoption of new accounting standards such as Topic 606, accounting policies, changes in accounting estimates and errors, subsequent events, going concern, and related party disclosures. The course will use illustrations, examples based on private company financial statements disclosures, and real-world excerpts from financial statements to provide you with a hands-on feel for the disclosure requirements across a number of accounting standards.
Surgent’s Accounting for Financial Statement Uncertainty: Estimates, Contingencies, and Going Concern (AFS4) (SSAA031/20)
Understanding the proper accounting for and reporting of financial statement areas containing uncertainty can be challenging, especially ensuring adequate disclosure of risk to the financial statement users. This course will provide critical considerations when evaluating the proper treatment of accounting estimates, loss contingencies, and going concern in U.S. GAAP-basis financial statements.
Since its effective date in 2006, the guidance for accounting for share-based payments, which is currently codified in ASC Topic 718, has continued to challenge entities who offer such compensation schemes. This is due to its combination of detailed implementation rules and required use of complex valuation models. Ten or so years on, entities continue to struggle in applying this guidance. In this course, we will attempt to de-mystify the accounting for share-based payments. We'll review the basic accounting model under Topic 718, including how to account for the income tax implications of recording compensation expense for all awards within the scope of Topic 718. We'll also explore the valuation models used to estimate the fair value of these awards, including a discussion of the key assumptions used in the most popular model, the Black-Scholes. Lastly, we'll explore the implications of recently issued FASB Updates that impact Topic 718, including the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the income tax accounting for such awards.
Surgent’s Accounting for Financial Instruments: Making Sense of the FASB’S New Guidance on Impairment, Hedging, and Financial Assets and Liabi (SSAA076/20)
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 FASB Update for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses: A Practical Implementation Guide (FAUR) (SSAA106/20)
Recently updated to include discussion of new FASB standards on revenue, leases, and measurement of financial instruments, this course is designed for small and medium-sized business practitioners and their staff, whether in public accounting or business and industry, and will provide you with a comprehensive review of recent FASB accounting and reporting matters most relevant to smaller companies including: Private Company Standard Setting activities; Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) recently issued and the FASB's current technical agenda; Revenue Recognition; Lease Accounting; and new ASUs dealing with financial instruments. Plus, the course will discuss such hot topics as cyber-security and enterprise risk management. 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 Statement of Cash Flows: Preparation Guidance and Presentation Illustrations (FLO4) (SSAA108/20)
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 Revenue Recognition, Leases, and Financial Instruments: The FASB’s “Big Three” (FSBT) (SSAA110/20)
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 Revenue Recognition for Long-Term Construction and Similar Contracts: Topic 606 Implementation Challenges (LTC4) (SSAA125/20)
Change is definitely coming. For those entities who currently recognize revenue under the guidance of Statement of Position 81-1, Accounting for Performance of Construction-Type and Certain Production-Type Contracts (SOP 81-1), understanding the basics of Topic 606 is not enough. You need to be able to apply Topic 606 to your types of contracts and determine what changes, if any, will occur in how you recognize revenue under the new standard. In this course, we'll explore Topic 606 from the perspective of entities that currently recognize revenue under SOP 81-1, focusing on those areas most likely to be impacted under the new guidance. Applying Topic 606 to your long-term contracts will definitely change your revenue recognition approach. This course will help you determine how big that change will be.
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 Five Critical Issues That A&A Public Accountants Will Need to Face This Year (CIA4) (SSAA085/20)
Understanding the forces affecting your A&A public practice is critical to success in today's complex and rapidly changing market. In this session we will tackle pressing issues at a "need to know" level and then discuss the practical implications. You will come away armed with the "big picture." Preparedness is half the battle, so do not miss this critical briefing.
Surgent’s Non-GAAP Financial Statement Options: Cash, Modified Cash, and Tax Basis (CMT4) (SSAA086/20)
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.
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.
Designed for practitioners and their staff, whether in public accounting or business and industry, this course will provide you with an update of recently issued FASB Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs), including a comprehensive review of the new revenue recognition standard and guidance found in ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.
Surgent’s Accounting, Audit, and Attest Update for Practitioners with Small-Business Clients (SMBP) (SSAA018/20)
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.
Statements of Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) recently underwent a complete revision through the issuance of SSARS No. 21, Statements of Standards for Accounting and Review Services: Clarification and Recodification. The most monumental change is the creation of a brand new non-attest service entitled "Preparation of Financial Statements." This course will focus on clear and practical guidelines for successfully navigating the changed professional requirements of SSARS No. 21, and subsequent SSARS No. 22 - 24, compared to current practice.
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.