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Unanswered calls, backlog of mail: IRS plan for government shutdown

September 29, 2023

The contingency plan calls for furloughs of two-thirds of IRS staff, which Treasury said will result in “significant harmful impacts" on taxpayers.

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AICPA requests IRS contingency plan in case of government shutdown

September 28, 2023

The AICPA submitted a letter to the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Congressional leadership requesting the release of the IRS contingency plan that would go into effect in the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2023. Additionally, the AICPA has urged the IRS to base any decision to furlough employees on a broader interpretation of the Office of Management and Budget guidance to include not only the government’s safety of human life and protection of property, but also for the taxpayer, thereby excepting IRS employees.

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Concept Statement: Chapter 5, Recognition and Derecognition

September 25, 2023

In August, the FASB issued Chapter 5 of the Conceptual Framework, Recognition and Derecognition. The chapter addresses the criteria that would be used to determine when an element should be recognized in the financial statements. As concept statements are not authoritative there is no effective date.

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Concept Statement: Chapter 2, The Reporting Entity

September 15, 2023

The FASB has issued a new Concept Statement around the Reporting Entity. While concept statements are not authoritative GAAP they are the theory that underlies GAAP used by the board to develop ASUs.

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IFRS® Sustainability Disclosure Taxonomy

August 28, 2023

The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has proposed a Sustainability Disclosure Taxonomy. The proposal addresses a taxonomy for the disclosure requirements in IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 to facilitate digital reporting of sustainability-related financial information. Comments are due September 26, 2023.

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Help Delay Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements: Urge Your Congressional Representatives to Cosponsor Legislation

August 25, 2023

Two bills have been introduced in U.S. Congress to delay the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting requirement, an anti-money laundering initiative enacted through the Corporate Transparency Act in 2021. You can help keep these bills moving by reaching out to your Congressional representatives.

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WSCPA Reaches out to Congress to Support Delay in Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements

August 25, 2023

The WSCPA has called on federal legislators to support two bills that have been introduced that would delay the start date for the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting requirements until all required rulemaking is final, and all rules would take effect on the same date.

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Countdown to Change: CPA Exam Completion Window Shift and the New Exam Launch

August 22, 2023

Earlier this year, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced that they adopted the Uniform Accountancy Act Model Rule that extended the window to pass all four sections of the CPA. Exam takers would now have 30 months to complete the remaining sections, as opposed to the previous 18-month rule, from the time they receive a passing score on their first section of the exam.

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FAF Annual Report

August 18, 2023

Each year like many nonprofits, the FAF issues their annual report and posts it to their website. The FAF provides an excellent overview of the work of both the FASB and GASB boards. 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the FAF, so this year's report also includes a great history lesson. If you are interested in learning more about the boards and their mission, this is a great place to start!

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WSCPA Joins with More than 500 Organizations to Help Build Tomorrow's Workforce

August 16, 2023

The WSCPA has joined with more than 500 businesses and employers to advocate to help pass the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce Act, which would expand qualified expenses under 529 savings plans to include postsecondary training and credentialing.

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WSCPA Requests Inclusion of Accounting in STEM

August 16, 2023

The AICPA and all 54 State CPA Societies, including the Washington Society of CPAs, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting DHS recognize accounting under the “T” for Technology in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education.

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FASB ED: Disaggregating Expenses

August 14, 2023

At the end of July, the FASB proposed new disclosure requirements that would require public business entities to provide more disaggregated data around their income statement expenses. Unlike the recent income tax disclosure proposal, this proposal only impacts public business entities. It is in response to a request from investors to provide more granular information to assist users in understanding the company's cash flows.

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FASB ED: Purchased Financial Assets

August 08, 2023

In June, the FASB proposed changes to the accounting for purchased financial assets. Based on feedback obtained in its post-issuance review of CECL, stakeholders found the guidance on PCD vs Non-PCD assets confusing and unhelpful. FASB is proposing removing the distinction and expanding the accounting for PCD assets to most purchased financial assets. Comments are due August 28.

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Spotlight on Mental Health

August 03, 2023

The WSCPA highlighted mental health awareness throughout the month of May as part of our mission to celebrate and include the authentic, whole person.

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NOCLAR with ERTC

August 02, 2023

On July 21st, the Office of Chief Counsel at the IRS issued a memorandum to address noncompliance with ERTCs. The memorandum provides responses to various scenarios that employers have been trying to make to qualify as "eligible employers".

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IFRS Sustainability Disclosures (IFRS S2)

August 01, 2023

Now we look at IFRS S2 - Climate-related Disclosures. Issued the same day as S1, these disclosures focus on strategy, governance, metrics and risk management but particularly in relation to climate related risks and opportunities. S2 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2024. Earlier application is permitted as long as IFRS S1 is also applied.

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WSCPA CEO, Member Named to Advisory Group to Support Development of National Strategy to Address CPA Talent Shortage

August 01, 2023

Kimberly Scott, CAE, President & CEO of the Washington Society of CPAs, and Thomas Neill, CPA (retired), WSCPA member, have been named to the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) newly-formed advisory group representing a broad spectrum of the accounting profession that will help shape a national strategy to address the profession’s talent, including accounting students who go on to obtain a CPA license.

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From Wishes to Collective Impact: Engaging in a Community-Driven Accounting Profession

July 31, 2023

In a world that places much focus and celebration on individual achievement, it’s easy to forget the incredible power that lies within a community. Transformative growth becomes possible when we make connections and share ideas.

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DOR Starts Capital Gains Rulemaking

July 28, 2023

The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) recently published a draft rule proposing modifications to the Washington Capital Gains Tax. As many CPAs and taxpayers have been grappling with this new tax, it has become evident that numerous challenges are associated with this new type of tax.

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Accounting for Crypto: Valuing Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets

July 27, 2023

As more companies invest in digital assets, they are looking to CPAs to help them with the accounting treatment — and CPAs are looking for guidance on how to audit such investments.

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