2017 Accounting and Financial Reporting Update (16 hrs)

Course Description

2017 Accounting and Financial Reporting Update

The purpose of this course is to inform the reader of the various changes to accounting and financial reporting affecting the accounting professional. Topics include a review of FASB projects, including those related to financial performance, leases, and financial instruments, practice issues involving the statement of cash flows, fair value reporting, pensions,  the international convergence project, little GAAP, and more.   The structure of the course is to encourage the reader to recall existing GAAP rules coupled with identifying, stating and outlining rules related to new and proposed pronouncements.

Course Information

Price: $113
Course No. F010
Instructional Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study
Format: Online pdf (365 pages). Printed book available.
Purchase the optional printed book: Book Only
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation:None
Level: Overview
CPE Credit: 16 hrs.
Field of Study: Accounting
Course expiration:  You have one year from date of purchase to complete the course.
Course Revision Date: March 2017


After reading the Section I course material, you will be able to:

• Identify some of the 12 recommended principles for the Comprehensive Business Reporting Model
• Recall the definition of free cash flow
• Recognize some of the key ratios used to analyze working capital
• Identify some of the symptoms of inefficiently managed working capital
• Identify some of the key differences in the clawback provisions found in Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank
• Recognize one of the characteristics of a multi-employer pension plan
• Identify some of the key benefits and disadvantages of the principles-based system
• Recall one of the reasons why U.S. convergence with international standards has not occurred
• Identify a key change made to lease accounting by newly issued ASU 2016-02
• Recognize the general structure of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC)
• Recognize some of the differences between IFRS for SMEs and IFRS
• Identify some of the GAAP rules for measuring and recording a deferred tax asset and related valuation account
• Identify some unusual transactions and how they are recorded on the statement of cash flows

After reading the Section II material, you will be able to:

• Recognize the classification of certain cash flow transactions addressed by ASU 2016-15
• Identify the expense account to which amortization of debt issuance costs should be recorded
• Recognize how to present deferred income taxes on the balance sheet under ASU 2015-17
• Recall how to value certain inventories under ASU 2015-11


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