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What is an agreed upon procedures (AUP) engagement?

CPAs can offer many types of helpful audit and assurance services for businesses. An audit, for instance, is a common type of attestation service that provides a formal opinion about whether a company’s financial statements conform to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Consulting services, in contrast, may include advice or technical assistance that’s only […]

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New Revenue Recognition Standard for Private Companies That Follow GAAP

Private companies that follow U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) must comply with the landmark new revenue recognition standard in 2019. Many private company CFOs and controllers report that they still have significant work to do to meet the demands of the sweeping rules. If you haven’t started the implementation process, it’s time to get […]

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Should Cloud-Based Software Setup Costs be Expensed or Capitalized?

Companies will be able to capitalize, or spread out the costs of, setting up pricey business systems that operate on cloud technology under an update to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Here are the details. FASB responds to business complaints Over the last three years, businesses have complained to the Financial Accounting Standards Board […]

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Cash vs. Accrual Method of Accounting

Cash vs. Accrual Method of Accounting Small businesses often use the cash-basis method of accounting. As businesses grow, they usually convert to accrual-basis reporting for federal tax purposes and to conform with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Starting this tax year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has increased the threshold for businesses […]

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It’s Time for Business Midyear Checkup!

Time flies when you’re busy running a business. But it’s important to occasionally pause and assess interim performance — otherwise you’re likely to be surprised by the year-end results. When reviewing midyear financial reports, however, recognize their potential shortcomings. These reports might not be as reliable as year-end financials, unless a CPA prepares them or […]

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How to Classify Shareholder Advances to Their Companies

Owners of closely held businesses sometimes need to advance their companies money to bridge a temporary downturn or provide extra cash flow for an expansion, a major expense or other purposes. Should you categorize those advances as bona fide debt, additional paid-in capital or something in between? Under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the […]

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GAAP vs. Tax-Basis Reporting: Choosing the Right Model for Your Business

Virtually every business must file a tax return. So, some private companies issue tax-basis financial statements, rather than statements that comply with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). But doing so could result in significant differences in financial results. Here are the key differences between these two financial reporting options. GAAP GAAP is the most […]

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