A year has passed since COVID-19 began its worldwide disruption, but the full effects have not yet been realized. The anniversary prompts us to pause and consider where we’ve been and where we’re going. A recent Not-for-Profit Section webcast offered key takeaways to help not-for-profits (NFPs) manage current disruption and prepare for changes yet to come. The overarching theme? Plan for the worst, prepare for the best.
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International Women’s Day — March 8, 2021 — is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and acknowledge the valuable insights of women in the accounting profession.
This year, we asked AICPA and CIMA members to share their perspective on the pandemic.
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Now 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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“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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Millions of smaller organizations have used digital transformation to reinvent the way they work during the pandemic. The accounting profession is no exception. Fully 97% of respondents to an informal poll of AICPA and CIMA members in late fall 2020 said COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation in their organizations, firms and small businesses.
That poll was part of a series to learn more about AICPA and CIMA members’ perceptions on how to keep digital transformation in process. The data, while not statistically representative of the whole member community, offers a quick snapshot of the concerns many organizations may need to address on their digital transformation journey.
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New legislation from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 creates a chance for some of your clients to take advantage of both Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).
Several changes specific to the ERC can provide an opportunity for additional relief for your clients. The significant changes that affect small businesses include:
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