Are you ready for these ESG trends?

Investors, customers and key stakeholders continue to seek reliable and transparent information on a variety of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. The accounting profession Sustainability has a key role to play. Accountants within organizations play an important role in integrating critical business information; implementing and maintaining relevant processes and controls; making and enabling business decisions; and reporting to stakeholders in a holistic, integrated way. Public accountants play a critical role in providing assurance and advisory services to organizations to enhance confidence in the reported information. As influential members of almost every business, government and non-governmental organization, professional accountants are uniquely positioned to make a difference.

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COVID-19 challenges in commercial real estate audits

GettyImages-468759872Now that 2020 has concluded, many owners of commercial real estate are contending with the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts on their financial performance.

As auditors, you should recognize that the execution of financial statement audits for 2020 is going to be different from prior years, and the commercial real estate market brings with it a range of issues that you will have to be prepared for. You can expect many facets of a commercial real estate audit to feel the pandemic’s effects. The focus of this blog is on impairment considerations for commercial real estate properties.

You and your engagement team may want to make use of AICPA resources such as the COVID-19 audit toolkit and the COVID-19 accounting resources.

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7 tips to help you tackle tax season

GettyImages-506870706Around this time last year, 12 months and 135 years ago to be exact, we binge-watched “Tiger King” and pondered Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal departure. In early March 2020, we also worked through what we thought would be another conventional tax season. Remember when we were laser-focused on improving our client services and figuring out the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the term Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) wasn’t in our vocabulary? That all feels like a lifetime ago.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives, communities and ways of working upside down. We grappled with remote working and technology, dealt with IRS operational issues, struggled to keep up with new tax laws and guidance and took on new advisory roles while dealing with a never-ending tax season.

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6 wise choices to start this tax season strongly

GettyImages-497325655If you are like many of the tax practitioners I’ve talked to lately, the 2020 filing season felt like a rambling run-on sentence.

Because of the pandemic, last year’s April 15 filing deadline was extended to July, which ran into fall extension season and bled into more tax legislation. Now we are staring down another April 15 deadline probably not as rested and refreshed as we usually are in late February. 

However, to put things in perspective, I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes (I routinely say some version of this to my teenager, whether she wants to hear it or not):

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Roy T. Bennett

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Top audit challenges in 2021: peer reviewers weigh in

GettyImages-526703275“Same as last year?” Definitely not.

This year won’t be “business as usual” for auditors. Auditors are navigating a new revenue recognition standard and still dealing with pandemic-related disruptions. CPAs have worked hard to perform audits under uncertain circumstances since the pandemic began, and that work will continue this year.

The AICPA® will help you prepare for these changes so you can keep performing high-quality work. We talked to experts — more than 230 peer reviewers — about the challenges auditors are facing around revenue recognition and the current business environment. We’ve also identified resources that will help you audit successfully.

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