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The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-08 to update the amortization period of certain callable debt securities held at a premium, requiring the premium to be amortized to the earliest call date. Entities generally amortize the premiums and discounts on callable debt securities over the contractual life of the instrument under current GAAP.

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President Donald Trump imposed a tariff on importing Canadian softwood lumber. Tariffs between 3 and 24.1 percent are to be imposed on five Canadian lumber companies: West Fraser Mills, Tolko Marketing and Sales, J.D. Irving, Canfor Corporation and Resolute FP Canada.

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in a narrow vote of 217 to 213 after the bill had been amended from its previous version proposed a few weeks earlier. The AHCA is new proposed legislation that will repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which is currently the law of the land. While this is only the first step of the new legislation, here are a few of the highlights of the bill.

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There are several reasons for which a public charity can loss its tax-exempt status – and the most common is also the most easily avoidable. Each year thousands of nonprofits loss their tax-exempt status for failure to fulfill annual filing requirements. More specifically, they fail to file the Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.

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When auditors of not-for-profit organizations can provide the optimal level of assurance on an organization's financial statements, the report will say “the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the organization and the changes in its net assets and cash flows.” The question naturally arises, then: what is meant by “material”? Auditing standards define materiality as something that could influence “the judgment of a reasonable person relying on the information.” Thus, materiality is not only quantitative but qualitative as well.

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Yesterday, the White House released President Donald Trump's tax reform plan to the public. The proposal aims to drastically cut corporate taxes as well as provide tax relief for individuals, with middle-income families as the primary target. The goal of the tax reform is to create economic growth, and American jobs, and to lower the business tax rate to one of the lowest in the world. The proposed tax reform plan is being touted as one of the biggest individual and business tax cuts in American history.

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Now that the initial April 18 personal income tax deadline has passed, the Internal Revenue Service has released six major changes to collection policies. Taxpayers that have outstanding balances due to the IRS can expect to be impacted in more ways than the traditional paper notices that arrive by mail every few weeks. The changes are designed to be motivation for delinquent taxpayers to settle all tax debts sooner rather than later.

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There are times when putting a business up for sale is the best — or only — next step. All owners need to recognize the signs that they’ve reached this expiration date so they can properly prepare for a sale and start building the case for a reasonable sale price.

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In 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory (ASU 2015-11). This standard simplifies the subsequent measurement of inventory by replacing the "lower of cost or market" test with a new "lower of cost and net realizable value test." However, entities that use the LIFO or retail inventory methods, will continue applying their current impairment models.

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In the wake of all the cyberattacks, data breaches and technology related identity thefts, fraudsters are continuing to come up with new ways to scam us.

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