ASB to consider one-year deferral of effective dates

The AICPA Auditing Standards Board will consider on April 20 on whether to defer for one year the effective dates of Statements on Auditing Standards No. 134 through 140. The deferral is being considered to give firms relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

Keeping clients informed during the COVID-19 crisis

Five CPA firms of different sizes outline their plans for staying in touch with clients during the pandemic and ensuring they get the vital information they need.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

CPAs may not charge clients for serving as PPP application agents

The AICPA issued a statement clarifying that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act prohibits CPAs and accounting firms from collecting fees from small business clients they help apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

AICPA-led coalition supports gross pay approach as calculation standard for PPP loans

An AICPA-led small business funding coalition, in conjunction with the National Payroll Reporting Consortium, issued a statement supporting the use of gross payroll based on 2019 data in calculations for Paycheck Protection Program pandemic relief loans.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

CPAs support business owners during COVID-19 crisis

Accountants weigh in on what their business-owner clients are going through and how they’re providing a reassuring voice and pragmatic advice during a challenging time.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

Financial institutions using CARES Act deferrals won’t violate GAAP, SEC says

Companies that elect to defer or suspend FASB rules for credit losses or troubled debt restructurings in accordance with the CARES Act will not be found in violation of GAAP.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

Going concern tips for auditors during the pandemic

The going concern basis of accounting is likely to be used more frequently as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is what auditors need to know as they fulfill their duties related to going concern.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

SBA issues details for Paycheck Protection Program loans

The US Small Business Administration has released an interim final rule providing additional guidance and requirements for the program. The final rule includes a number of changes, including a doubling of the loans’ interest rate from 0.5% to 1%.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus payments

The IRS announced that Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefit recipients will not have to file a tax return to receive the $1,200 stimulus payment provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Source: Journal of Accountancy

Creating webinars to answer client questions

The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a flood of tax, audit and other accounting-related questions. Webinars offer CPAs an efficient way to tackle topics affecting large numbers of clients, staff or other stakeholders.
Source: Journal of Accountancy