Overview of inventory reporting methods

It’s critical to report inventory using the optimal method. There are several legitimate options for reporting inventory — but take heed: The method you choose ultimately affects how much inventory and profit you’ll show and how much tax you’ll owe. The basics Inventory is generally recorded when it’s received and title transfers to the company. […]

Beware of accounts deceivable

More than half of financial statement frauds involve sales and accounts receivable, according to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. (COSO is a joint initiative of five private sector organizations that develops frameworks and guidance on enterprise risk management, internal control and fraud deterrence.) But why do fraudsters tend to target accounts […]

Related-party transactions: Think like an auditor

Issues between related parties played a prominent role in the scandals that surfaced more than a decade ago at Enron, Tyco International and Refco. Similar problems have arisen in more recent financial reporting fraud cases, prompting the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to unanimously approve a tougher audit standard on related-party transactions and financial […]

Evaluating cyberthreats

How much does a data breach cost? The average total cost of a data breach has risen to roughly $4 million, according to a 2016 survey of IT security professionals by the Ponemon Institute (a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy). That figure has grown 29% from 2013. The study […]

Substantial doubt: It’s a matter of opinion

Auditors reconsider the “going concern” assumption every time they audit your financial statements. When your company’s long-term viability is doubtful, it may cause the auditor to issue a qualified audit opinion. Depending on the level of uncertainty and the underlying reasons, a qualified opinion could raise a red flag that your company is under financial […]

The basics of pushdown accounting

Both public and private companies can elect to use “pushdown” accounting when there’s a merger, acquisition or other change-in-control event. What does this mean — and when might this alternative reporting method be advantageous? Understanding your options Pushdown accounting refers to the practice of adjusting an acquired company’s standalone financial statements to reflect the acquirer’s […]

Experience Has Taught Well To Watch Your Balance Sheet

Experience has taught well to watch your balance sheet. This is a financial tool for business owners that any company around longer than a year will come to rely heavily upon. Face value You can’t always take a balance sheet at face value, because it may omit certain valuable assets and costly future obligations. Here […]

Could Crowdfunding Work For You

Could Crowdfunding work for you is a serious topic to take a detailed look at. This topic is nothing new and for years has grown in popularity. Business owners should dig into the financial and reporting details before jumping into this type of funding mechanism. On May 16, 2017, new guidance went into effect that […]

Should Business Owners Understand Their Cash Flow

A business owner should understand their cash flow. A statement of cash flows highlights the sources and uses of cash. This can often quickly be reported from Quickbooks or other accounting software. It’s arguably the most misunderstood and under appreciated part of a company’s annual report. Here’s an overview of how this statement is organized […]