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Non-qualified Patronage Received from Regional Cooperatives

We are seeing more use of non-qualified patronage from the regional cooperatives. Treatment of these allocations varies from client to client, firm to firm, etc. Even our decision may change as we see the regional indicate or demonstrate they intend to revolve the non-qualified patronage. For example, CoBank specifically indicates they have no intention of...

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Debt Issuance Costs

On April 7th, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) unveiled new accounting standards updates. One notable update is the modification to debt issuance costs. This new accounting treatment, as part of the Board’s Simplification Initiative, is aimed at reducing costs and complexities and improving the usefulness of information provided to financial statement users. This...

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Going Concern

Before too much attention is placed on the new Accounting Standards Update issued earlier this year, it is important to remain cognizant of the updates from 2014 that have not yet taken effect. Annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, will be subject to certain disclosures regarding going concern in accordance with FASB ASU 2014–15....

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Credit Unions: What We’ve Seen and What We Expect To See

WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN 2014 Credit unions have seen their profitability continue to stabilize in 2014 when compared to 2012. Through the first six months of 2014, credit unions have maintained a return on assets of 0.80%. For the first half of 2014 the interest margins continue to tighten as yields on loans have...

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Businesses: How to Help Prepare for Audit Season

The busiest time of year for external financial statement auditors generally runs from January to April each year. But CPAs usually start gearing up for audit season in November of the preceding year. Accountants meet with clients, assign staff and schedule fieldwork. Then, the team conducts preliminary financial analytics, observes physical inventory counts, assesses risk factors...

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IRS Notices Regarding Unreported Income

By: Charles L. Telk Jr., CPA, Partner  |  email Recently we have seen a new type of IRS notice that I have not previously seen in my 28 years of practicing public accounting. The IRS sends a letter to a corporation assessing additional tax on “unreported income”. The source of this unreported income are 1099’s...

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