What the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Mean to Your Business

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Accounting & Bookkeeping7 min read. You know the drill- as a small business owner, you find yourself constantly juggling responsibilities (with what seems like no end in sight).

Why You Should Put Profit First

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The Cost Approach to Valuing a Business

RogerRossmeisl

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), assets are recorded at historic cost. The cost (or asset-based) approach to valuing a business focuses on the balance sheet. This financial statement reports “book values” for the company’s assets and liabilities.

Governmental Accounting Standards Update: 8/31/20

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regularly issues GASB Statements to set accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments that follow generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S.

Standards Update: 10/30/20

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP).

Governmental Accounting Standards Update: 5/12/20

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regularly issues GASB statements to set accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments that follow generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S.

Standards Update 5/20/20

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP

Standards Update: 12/17/19

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP).

Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition - Issue #11 What is GAAP?

SMBAccountant

Many small business government contractors are exempt from complying with cost accounting standards (CAS) and defined by the code of federal regulations (CFR). However, compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) is required.

Standards Update: 5/29/19

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP). Below are select ASUs that were recently issued

How to Record the Purchase of an Asset in QuickBooks Online?

FusionCPA

You need to be careful when it comes to your real estate investment firm accounting. Along the way, you’ll realize several real estate accounting principles and rules that should be incorporated throughout your entire process

Standards Update: 11/26/18

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP

Standards Update: 2/27/18

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted (GAAP) in the United States. Below are select ASUs that were recently issued

Accounting Treatment for PPP Loans

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The AICPA recently issued nonauthoritative guidance addressing how nongovernmental entities should account for PPP loans as there is no authoritative guidance for business entities related to this type of transaction in Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP

Changes to Manufacturing Lease Accounting

Katz,Sapper&Miller

That means nearly all of these businesses will be impacted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) update to the accounting standards for leases under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP).

Accounting Update for Not-for-Profit Entities: Leases

Katz,Sapper&Miller

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued one of the most sweeping changes to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) – Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No.

What You Should Expect from Your CPA During an Audit |For Privately Held Companies

LSLCPAs

Most CPA firms perform audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). You’ve just been told you need an audit by your banker to satisfy covenants, or your Board of Directors is requiring that an audit be performed.

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Standards Update: 8/22/19

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP). Below is a select ASU that was recently issued

Governmental Accounting Standards Update: 4/24/19

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regularly issues GASB statements to set accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments that follow generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S.

Standards Update: 2/25/19

Katz,Sapper&Miller

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) regularly issues Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) to make changes to the FASB Codification, the primary source of Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States (GAAP). Below are select ASUs that were recently issued. This update covers ASU 2018-18, 2018-19, and 2018-20

Looking Ahead: ASUs Effective for Fiscal Years Beginning After 12/15/18

Katz,Sapper&Miller

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the many changes in generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. The following summarizes accounting standards updates (ASUs) which are effective for fiscal years beginning after Dec. GAAP) that will become effective for 2019 calendar year ends. 15, 2018 for most nonpublic companies

Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition - Issue #7 Accounting for Fixed Price vs Cost Contracts

SMBAccountant

This requires a detailed job costing within an accounting system for which many contractors are not prepared. These oversight bodies are not typically concerned with a contractor’s accounting system during a phase I award because of the fixed price.

Revenue Recognition Changes Are Here. Is Your Manufacturing Company Ready?

Katz,Sapper&Miller

In recent years, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) received feedback that revenue recognition guidance was fragmented at best, confusing at worst. In response to this feedback, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. This is significant considering revenue is the key measurement used to determine a manufacturing company’s performance.

Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition – Issue #3 Policies and Procedures

SMBAccountant

When working as a government contractor, these processes and policies need to be written, reviewed, and updated regularly to ensure compliance with the company’s own requirements, and the accounting standards demanded of contractors spending tax dollars. Accounting policies and procedures can reach into almost every department, area, or responsibility, so they need to be communicated and monitored often.

Founders – Bookkeeping vs. Accounting: What’s the Difference?

Shay CPA

When it comes to differentiating bookkeepers from accountants, a lot of startup founders primarily focus on when to hire them. For example, you might hire a bookkeeper on an ongoing basis, but only work with an accountant during tax filing season. Accounts receivable.

Project Accounting Guide: Everything You Need to Know in 2022

Accounting Seed

With project accounting, you can identify when a given project isn’t pulling its weight. Project accounting software can make this number-crunching task more efficient. What is Project Accounting? What are the Principles of Project Accounting? Accounting Insights

Foreign Exchange Accounting Guide for Businesses in 2022

Accounting Seed

That requires a knowledge of foreign exchange accounting or the use of sophisticated software such as Accounting Seed. What is Foreign Exchange Accounting? Foreign exchange accounting is a set of rules for tracking business transactions in foreign currencies.

Shifting Lanes: How Updated Lease Accounting Standards Are Affecting Dealerships

Katz,Sapper&Miller

That means nearly all auto dealers will be impacted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) update to the accounting standard for leases under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Most auto dealers participate in leasing in some way, whether they are leasing a building or equipment, operating as a lease here – pay here (LHPH), or are lessors of real estate.

Accountants Didn’t Wind Up In Court As Often In 2021

Going Concern

While there were plenty of accountants who behaved badly in 2021 , the accounting profession as a whole was fairly well-behaved and competent last year, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research. Guess what also surged among accounting case filings last year?

Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition – Issue #3 Policies and Procedures

SMBAccountant

When working as a government contractor, these processes and policies need to be written, reviewed, and updated regularly to ensure compliance with the company’s own requirements, and the accounting standards demanded of contractors spending tax dollars. Accounting policies and procedures can reach into almost every department, area, or responsibility, so they need to be communicated and monitored often.

Tech Company Tax Tips – by Akshay Shrimanker, CPA

Shay CPA

Leverage an accounting system. We can’t say this enough: a good accounting system can make all of the difference. Obviously, your accounting solution should help there. . Akshay generally recommends using an accrual basis of accounting rather than a cash basis.

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Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition - Issue #7 Accounting for Fixed Price vs Cost Contracts

SMBAccountant

This requires a detailed job costing within an accounting system for which many contractors are not prepared. Whether the SBIR/STTR that’s being worked is a grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) or a federal contract, there is an oversight agency, such as the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) for Department of Defense (DOD) contracts, that will review the adequacy of a contractor’s accounting system prior to a phase II award.

Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition - Issue #6 Fixed Assets

SMBAccountant

Most companies set a threshold in their accounting policies to avoid wasted time and effort on immaterial or low cost items. Be sure to talk with your accountant about what depreciation is recorded in your books. If that’s the case, a work in progress account should be established on the balance sheet to hold all the costs until the asset is finished and put into service. Nearly all businesses have some kind of fixed assets.

Gaining More Value with Virtual Accounting

AccountingDepartment

The end of the year is a great time to review your accounting practices. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from outsourced accounting services. Virtual Accounting Is More Than a CPA. With outsourced accounting services, your data is kept up to date in real-time.

2022 Federal Budget Highlights

DMCL

Introduction of the new Tax-Free First Home Savings Account (FHSA). Similar to TFSAs, income earned in the account is tax-free and withdrawals are tax-free provided withdrawals are for purchases of a qualifying first home.

Common Accounting Mistakes: Government Edition - Issue #6 Fixed Assets

SMBAccountant

Most companies set a threshold in their accounting policies to avoid wasted time and effort on immaterial or low cost items. Be sure to talk with your accountant about what depreciation is recorded in your books. If that’s the case, a work in progress account should be established on the balance sheet to hold all the costs until the asset is finished and put into service. Nearly all businesses have some kind of fixed assets.

How do I choose what entity type my business should be?

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The tax side, which is closer to the accounting side, relates to selecting the appropriate business type that minimizes unintended tax liabilities. Before making any decisions, speak to your attorney and tax accountant to make sure you are the correct entity type at this time.

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What is FRF for SME?

KROST

Securing credit, managing employees, and staying involved in the day-to-day running of the business creates a constant set of obstacles to be addressed by the business owner, leaving very little time for a life outside of work, let alone applying the latest accepted accounting principles.

[07/11/21] The Sad State of Accounting

Baruch Lev

The Wall Street Journal reported (July 1, 2021) that the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the accounting body that sets the financial reporting rules of public companies in more than 140 jurisdictions ? Setting uniform accounting and reporting standards for most of the world is a pretty important job, particularly given the poor quality and low relevance of corporate financial statements. So, accounting standard-setters have their work cut out for them.

[05/10/21] Non-GAAP Earnings -Wishful Thinking or Real Profits

Baruch Lev

billion, were almost identical to same – quarter a year earlier, but GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) earnings—a loss per share of 49 cents—tumbled 126% from a year earlier. most investors regard non-GAAP earnings as more relevant to their decisions than the accounting-based, and largely irrelevant GAAP earnings. [1] Non-GAAP Reporting: Evidence from Academia and Current Practice, “Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting , 2018.