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Death by Financial Restatement: Don't Let FASB ASC 842 Doom You to Fail

Posted on 10/14/19 7:00 AM by Taft Tucker in FASB, in Lease Accounting, in GASB

The debate over the new accounting standards is heating up.

A slew of complaints have been popping up in the last quarter of 2019 including one senator who’s introducing a bill to require the FASB to study new petitions in the future.

Controversy or not, one thing remains clear: No matter your lease number and no matter your company size or type, compliance with the new lease accounting standards isn’t optional.

And it’s not going to be easy.

In fact, there’s been an eyebrow-raising number of financial restatements filed in the past year. And most of them are related to the complexity of the FASB, GASB and IASB standards.  

This raises a major red flag for private companies.

In fact, the stats and stories point to the fact that financial restatements caused by the new accounting standards could be a nightmare.

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Why the 2019 VSCPA Conference is a Can't-Miss Event

Posted on 10/9/19 7:00 AM by Haley Martin in Events

Calling all CPAs!

In a little over a month, hundreds of professional accountants from a variety of industries will gather for the 2019 Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) Technology & Innovation Showcase.

This brand new VSCPA Conference will take place at the Marriott in Richmond, Va., from November 11-12.  

The event is the brainchild of the Center for Innovation, a resource that encourages VSCPA members to think outside the box. It offers innovative education to help accountants find solutions for problems in technology and talent.

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The Great Debate: Lease Accounting Software vs. Excel Spreadsheets

Posted on 10/7/19 7:00 AM by Taft Tucker in Lease Accounting

Spreadsheets are the #1 tool in an accounting department’s utility belt.

That’s why they’re so tempting to use for lease accounting compliance. That and they're cheap, flexible and everyone knows how to use them.

But they do present a few problems.

In fact, we’ve debated the pros and cons of spreadsheets when it comes to lease accounting compliance again and again. But we’ve recently had the opportunity to ask real-life experts their honest opinions about the matter:

These experts from publicly traded companies that have finished the FASB ASC 842 implementation weighed in about the role of spreadsheets in lease accounting compliance. 

What they had to say sheds valuable new light on the topic. 

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4 Alarming Things You May Not Know About the New Lease Accounting Standards

Posted on 9/30/19 7:00 AM by Taft Tucker in Lease Accounting

There’s been a lot going on when it comes to the new lease accounting standards.

And it’s not all pretty.

While the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and many industry experts have offered preparers myriads of implementation guides, the reality is that most companies are struggling through a nightmarish process.

Words used to describe the ASC 842 implementation process include crushing, overkill, expensive and even a financial Armageddon. And post-implementation is no better, with the government questioning the statements of several well-known public companies.

If you keep a pulse on the industry or have completed implementation and post-implementation of the new accounting standard, you’ll understand that there are 4 main areas of concern.

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FASB ASC 842 New Lease Accounting Standard: 5 Lessons Learned

Posted on 9/23/19 9:00 AM by Taft Tucker in Lease Accounting

It’s been over 6 months since the first instance of lease accounting reporting under the new FASB ASC 842 standard was due.

In Q1 2019, public companies handed in accounting reports that showed, for the first time ever, operational and financial leases on the balance sheet together. To no one’s surprise, the journey to get to this final reporting was far from smooth sailing.

Experts had long predicted the new lease accounting standard would be an uphill climb. After all, it’s a complete 180 from traditional accounting.

And with the next deadline less than 18 months away, private companies would be wise to do their homework and get started now.

After helping hundreds of companies implement lease accounting for FASB ASC 842, we’ve learned a thing or two about the challenges, roadblocks and questions you’ll face as you prepare to implement the new lease accounting standard.

Here are our top 5 lessons learned.

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AMTdirect Names New Chief Executive Officer

Posted on 9/16/19 7:00 AM by Haley Martin in Press Releases

 

SaaS Veteran Joins Leadership Team of Industry-Leading Lease Management Technology Company 

AMTdirect, an industry leader in lease management solutions, today announced that it is continuing to strengthen its executive team with the appointment of Jeff Ralyea, a veteran technology leader, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Scott Schubert, former CEO, and Dan Schubert, former President, will remain on the board of directors leveraging their wealth of industry experience to help guide the company’s long-term strategy.

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