• Investor Advisory Committee asks for detailed disclosures about multiclass share structures

    The SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee recommended that the commission set strict disclosure requirements for companies with multiclass share structures. Investors and other critics worry that the multiclass structures make it difficult to hold companies accountable for ignoring investor objectives. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of companies with multiclass structures increased by 44 percent, and the growth has added to investor concerns.
  • Investment company valuation guidance may be updated

    The SEC is considering updating its valuation guidance for investment companies to better reflect the current market. Two interpretive releases the SEC published in 1969 and 1970 were issued years before the accounting guidance for fair value measurements was released and the financial markets became so reliant upon estimates for valuing financial instruments.
  • Regulatory staff to focus on quality of disclosures about revenue recognition in year-end filings

    SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker urged public companies to make sure that they have clearly disclosed in their 10-K filings how they expect the FASB’s revenue recognition standard to affect their financial statements for upcoming reporting periods. He said the agency’s staff wants to verify that the disclosures will help investors understand the accounting change before they are incorporated in the primary financial statements in 2018 quarterly and annual filings.
  • Streamlining of pension disclosure rules moves forward

    Two years after releasing a proposal to improve the disclosure requirements for pensions and other postretirement benefits, the FASB has begun to publicly debate the disclosure requirements that will remain and those that will be dropped. The discussion was part of the board’s broader project to improve U.S. GAAP’s requirements for the information in financial statement footnotes.
  • Update takes shape to guidance for grants, contributions to not-for-profits

    The FASB in August released a proposal aimed at helping organizations determine how to record grants and other funds from foundations and government bodies that often have strings attached to them. The board is reviewing feedback on its proposal and finalizing an update to clarify the difference between restrictions and donor-imposed conditions on a gift or grant. The guidance would apply to both recipients of funding as well as to the organizations that give out grants.
  • Creating a sustainable cybersecurity management program

    Cybersecurity is one of the most urgent topics in business today. It seems that every week, there is a new story about a company’s data being breached with millions of customer records, payment card data, or lost trade secrets. The best-prepared companies are shifting their cybersecurity strategies from prevention, to implementing techniques that quickly detect breaches and limit the damage once a breach has been confirmed. What are the effective components of a modern cybersecurity management program? We consider five main components to improve cybersecurity effectiveness.
  • Year-end insurance accounting update 2015

    Baker Tilly’s insurance professionals provided an update on recent NAIC statutory and GAAP changes affecting insurance organizations and shared insights into complex accounting standards.
  • Baker Tilly Comment Letter to the FAF on the PCC

    We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) with respect to the Private Company Council (PCC). At Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) we have strong support for the PCC and its efforts to date in improving financial reporting for the users of private company financial statements.
  • Baker Tilly’s China practice director discusses the Chinese economy

    Benjamin Jurken of The ABC Group LLC interviewed David Tang, Baker Tilly China Practice Director, on the Price of Business. Given rare access into the investment landscape within Mainland China, David Tang provided valuable insight into China’s economy. Listen to the full audio of this interview.
  • What’s so attractive about Ireland?

    Ireland ranked number four in the 2014 Forbes ranking of “Best Countries for Business.” Why did the country receive this ranking and how does the ranking explain the interest life sciences companies have in the country?
  • Recap of the 2014 FASB ASUs

    In 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued eighteen Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs). There are several major areas expected to be updated in 2015, including leases, disclosure framework, and accounting for financial instruments. To help you review the most recent updates, links are provided to the detailed FASB information for each of the 2014 ASUs.
  • AICPA updates standards for accounting and review services

    The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has rolled out the long-awaited update of its accounting and review standards. Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) No. 21, Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services: Clarification and Recodification, represents one of the AICPA’s most significant revisions of its nonaudit standards since 1979. Among other things, the guidance creates a bright line between accounting (or preparation) services and reporting (compilation or review) services and lays out distinct requirements for each type of service. This article outlines what the clarified guidance means to those who use CPAs to perform nonaudit services — including reviews, compilations, and financial statement preparations — to report their historical and prospective financial results.
  • Baker Tilly Comment Letter to the AICPA on the Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative

    We welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in connection with the Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative (EAQI). Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (Baker Tilly) is committed to audit quality and believes the delivery of high quality audits not only serves the public trust but enhances the value that we provide to our clients.
  • Regulatory noncompliance is now a financial matter

    More punitive regulatory approach raises financial statement audit scrutiny: In the aftermath of the Great Recession, regulators have turned dramatically to a far more punitive approach in dealing with actual and alleged instances of noncompliance with laws and regulations by financial institutions. The increased presence of significant financial consequences, brings into greater light a financial statement auditing standard that previously had infrequent application and limited effect on the financial condition and results of reporting companies’ operations.
  • Progress report: International convergence of accounting standards

    In 2002, FASB and the IASB agreed to work together to develop high-quality, compatible accounting standards that could be used for both domestic and cross-border financial reporting. Since then, the bodies’ efforts to achieve the so-called “convergence” of US GAAP and IFRS have had their ups and downs. Going forward, US standard setters propose an informal, collaborative model that will minimize differences in financial reporting, in lieu of the IASB’s one-size-fits-all approach. This article looks back at what’s happened with convergence to date and examines the future direction of financial reporting in a global marketplace.
  • Corporate governance standards are nearing final adoption–Now is the time for insurers to assess their governance structure

    At the November 2014 National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) meeting, the Executive Committee is expected to formally adopt the Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Model Act and the Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Model Regulation (collectively “the Act”). The Act will require insurers of all sizes to make an annual filing with the lead state Insurance Commissioner which discloses the insurer’s corporate governance structure, policies and practices.
  • Going Concern: FASB issues new standard on reporting adverse conditions and events

    FASB has released a new accounting standard that provides much-needed guidance on management’s responsibility in evaluating and disclosing adverse conditions or events that raise substantial doubt about a company’s ability to continue as a “going concern.” The guidance, published in ASU 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements — Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern, applies to all companies that prepare their financial statements in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This article details the new guidance.
  • Revenue recognition standards will have major impact on financial statements

    After many years of discussion, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued the long awaited and converged revenue recognition standard on May 28. This standard has the potential to be one of the biggest changes ever in financial reporting because it impacts virtually every financial statement issued in the world.
  • Dos and don’ts when doing business in China

    Despite the economic developments in major parts of the country, and modern Chinese people’s increasing appetite on adopting western styles of living, China is still a country with a very special character of its own. Insight in Chinese traditions and habits and careful preparations prior to any important meetings are essential, even for the experienced executive.
  • Public business entity definition

    In December 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board added a new definition to its master glossary with the issuance of Accounting Standards Update 2013-12, Definition of a Public Business Entity. The public business entity (PBE) definition will be used to determine which entities may apply the private company accounting and reporting alternatives within US generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP) on a going-forward basis.
  • Recap of 2013 FASB ASUs

    In 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued twelve Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs). There are four exposure drafts and seven final documents expected in 2014 according to the current FASB project plan. To help you review the most recent updates, links are provided below to the detailed FASB information for each of the 2013 ASUs.
  • PCAOB proposed auditing standard – related parties

    Proposed amendments to certain PCAOB auditing standards regarding significant unusual transactions and other proposed amendments to PCAOB auditing standards. On May 7, 2013 the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) reproposed the Proposed Auditing Standard – Related Parties; Proposed Amendments to Certain PCAOB Auditing Standards Regarding Significant Unusual Transactions; and Other Proposed Amendments to PCAOB Auditing Standards.
  • FASB proposes ASU to define public business entity

    Based on inquiries to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on which entities will be within the scope of the draft Private Company Decision-Making Framework: A Guide for Evaluating Financial Accounting and Reporting for Private Companies (the “Guide”), FASB has issued proposed guidance on the definition of public business entities.
  • The truth is in the (XBRL) tagging

    All too often you hear about the cost of doing business and the mountain of compliance exercises that must be undertaken for the privilege of being listed on a public stock exchange. With the seemingly endless array of documents, disclosures, and deadlines by which a public company must abide, it is no surprise that many CFOs feel the same way about the Securities and Exchange Commissions’ electronic data mandate: it is just another compliance exercise that creates no value for the company.
  • Conflict minerals compliance Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act

    Companies that meet the criteria must perform a Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI). This can be an onerous and expensive requirement, as manufacturers must trace their supply chain all the way back to the source to determine if any component contains minerals coming from the DRC Conflict Region. The first SEC report filing is due by May 31, 2014, with annual filings to follow.
  • Baker Tilly assists medical device company with IPO on ASX

    Baker Tilly served as the accountants and advisors to Osprey Medical, Inc. (Osprey Medical) during their initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Osprey Medical, a late stage medical device company, successfully raised A$20 million during the IPO and will trade under the ticker "OSP."