Private Companies Practice Section Instructions To Firms Below are some suggestions when using this PowerPoint to introduce your team members to the FRF for SMEs Framework This PowerPoint is an overview of the framework. Reviewing this is not a substitute for reading and understanding the actual guidance. Several slides have a comment note for you to consider based on your processes or to consider incorporating relevant examples. To make this most useful for your team, look for other points within the presentation where you have relevant examples or experiences. Once you have tailored this PowerPoint to your firm’s current practices, delete this slide and the other red notes you’ll find in the following slides. 2
Private Companies Practice Section Small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) may not need GAAP-based financials If GAAP isn’t required, a special purpose framework may be the financial reporting option currently used Tax Cash Regulatory Contractual Special Purpose Framework is the term that replaces OCBOA Current Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework Environment
Private Companies Practice Section AICPA has released the Financial Reporting Framework for SMEs Non-GAAP Streamlined Based on traditional and proven accounting methods Provides meaningful financial reports without needless complexity A New Non-GAAP Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework
Private Companies Practice Section An Additional non-GAAP Framework
Private Companies Practice Section FRF for SMEs Not GAAP - Special Purpose Framework Is developed specifically for private small businesses Private Company Council Is GAAP Modifies GAAP for private companies Separate from FAF and Private Company Council
Private Companies Practice Section Useful Resources Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities The body of the framework outlining the principles and concepts An Introduction to the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities A quick look at why the framework was developed, benefits, key concepts, etc. Comparison of FRF for SMEs to Other Bases of Accounting Compares to GAAP, Tax and IFRS for SMEs
Private Companies Practice Section Useful Resources Illustrative Financial Statements Examples with comparisons to GAAP financials Illustrations of the Application of Certain Principles and Criteria Examples of how to apply certain principles -Transition -Going concern -Amortization of goodwill -And more
Private Companies Practice Section What entities may want to use FRF for SMEs? Owner-managed – closely held For-profit No regulatory reporting requirements that essentially require GAAP-based financial statements No intention of going public Not in an industry that requires highly-specialized accounting guidance, such as financial institutions and governmental entities Does not have overly complicated transactions Does not have significant foreign operations Key users of the financials have direct access to the entity’s management
Private Companies Practice Section Authority and effective date Use of the framework is purely optional The AICPA has no authority to require the use of the FRF for SMEs accounting framework for any entity Management represents that such financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the AICPA’s FRF for SMEs accounting framework, a special purpose frame-work Because use of the framework is optional, there is no effective date for its implementation
Private Companies Practice Section Advantages of FRF for SMEs Offers clients a cost effective, reliable, and simple method of accounting Quickly portrays what their business owns, what it owes and its cash flow Closely aligns with how they run their businesses The framework is concise, self-contained and stable Only relevant financial reporting topics are included Written to be easy to understand Frequent changes to the framework are not expected. Historical cost is the primary measurement basis Avoids complicated fair value measurements.
Private Companies Practice Section Advantages of FRF for SMEs Financial statements will more closely align with income tax returns because there will be fewer book-to-tax adjustments. Accounting policy options will allow management to select what is best for their purposes. Example - current taxes payable method or the deferred tax method No impairment testing is required Goodwill is amortized over the same period as for federal tax purposes.
Private Companies Practice Section Advantages of FRF for SMEs Only relevant principles are included and the accounting is simplified. Accounting for long-lived assets follows an amortized/depreciated cost approach. -No impairment testing is required No other comprehensive income (OCI) No variable interest entities (VIEs). Parent-only financial statements are allowed No complicated accounting for stock compensation and derivatives No hedge accounting Note - FASB exposure drafts relating to leases and revenue recognition will substantially change current GAAP treatment Disclosures are targeted to small business issues.
Private Companies Practice Section Advantages of FRF for SMEs FIRM: Note your new disclosure checklist process for engagements using FRF for SMEs. Targeted Disclosures Disclosures are streamlined to avoid excess detail, complexity, and extraneous information If a user requires additional information, management can tailor the nature and extent of disclosures to suit those needs
Private Companies Practice Section A Look at Key Principles of FRF for SMEs Primarily uses historical cost basis Avoids complicated fair value measurements Most relevant and reliable measurement basis for small business financial reporting needs Well-suited as a metric for evaluating an entity’s cash flow Objective, verifiable, straight-forward Directly relates to the past experience and past decisions of an entity
Private Companies Practice Section A Look at Key Principles of FRF for SMEs Optionality in Certain Accounting Policies Income taxes Taxes payable or deferred income taxes method Subsidiaries Consolidate or equity method Joint ventures Equity method or proportionate consolidation Long-term contracts and service contracts Percentage of completion or the completed contract method
Private Companies Practice Section A Look at Key Principles of FRF for SMEs Intangible assets acquired in a business combination Separately recognize or include in goodwill Internally-generated intangible assets Either expense or capitalize development costs Certain interest costs Expense or capitalize if related to certain items of inventories, internally-generated intangible assets, and PP&E Defined benefit plans Current contribution payable or one of the accrued benefit obligation (ABO) methods
Private Companies Practice Section FIRM: Note where the downloaded framework is saved in your practice. Note where the downloaded implementation materials are also. Framework and other resources can be downloaded at SMEs. Content of the FRF for SMEs
Private Companies Practice Section When preparing financial statements, management should make an assessment of whether the going concern basis of accounting is appropriate Chapter 2: General Principles
Private Companies Practice Section Going Concern Requires management assessment of whether the going concern basis of accounting is appropriate. When management becomes aware of material uncertainties relating to events or conditions and concludes that a known event or condition is probable of having a severe impact on the entity’s ability to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in the ordinary course of business the entity should disclose those uncertainties along with its plans for dealing with the adverse effects of the conditions and events
Private Companies Practice Section This chapter … Requires an entity to prepare an opening statement of financial position at the date of transition Allows management to elect certain exemptions to the principle that the opening statement of financial position should comply with the framework Requires certain disclosures including the amount of each charge or credit to equity at the date of transition Guidance is available in the “Illustrations and Applications” resource. Chapter 3: Transition
Private Companies Practice Section Chapter 13: Intangibles Goodwill is amortized over the same period as that used for federal income tax purposes or 15 years. No impairment testing All intangible assets are considered to have a finite useful life and are amortized over their estimated useful lives.
Private Companies Practice Section Chapter 21: Income Taxes This chapter… Allows an accounting policy choice to use either the -taxes payable method -only current income tax assets and liabilities are recognized -or deferred income taxes method -recognize a deferred income tax liability whenever recovery or settlement of the carrying amount of an asset or liability would result in deferred income tax outflows; -recognize a deferred income tax asset whenever recovery or settlement of the carrying amount of an asset or liability would generate deferred income tax reductions States that no provision for income taxes should be made in the financial statements of businesses if income is taxed directly to the owners
Private Companies Practice Section Chapters 22: Subsidiaries Allows management to make an accounting policy choice to either consolidate its subsidiaries or use the equity method Subsidiary is an entity that is more than 50% owned by the reporting entity All subsidiaries should be accounted for using the same method.
Private Companies Practice Section Chapters 23: Consolidated Financial Statements and Noncontrolling Interests A material difference in the basis of accounting between a parent and a subsidiary precludes the preparation of consolidated financial statements and the use of the equity method. Combined financial statements may be useful, but are not a substitute for consolidated financial statements. When combined financial statements are prepared, similar principles to those used when preparing consolidated financial statements apply.
Private Companies Practice Section Familiar accounting Overriding concept of transferring substantially all the benefits and risks of ownership to the lessee. Criteria for capitalizing a lease generally matches criteria for tax purposes Reduces book to tax adjustments Chapter 25: Leases
Private Companies Practice Section Chapter 25: Leases Classifies leases from the point of view of the lessee as either: Operating -A lease in which the benefits and risks of ownership are substantially retained by the lessor should be accounted for as an operating lease Capital -A lease that transfers substantially all the benefits and risks of ownership from the lessor to the lessee should be accounted for as a capital lease
Private Companies Practice Section Chapter 25: Leases Classifies leases from the point of view of the lessor as either: Operating -A lease in which the benefits and risks of ownership are substantially retained by the lessor should be accounted for as an operating lease Sales-type or Direct Financing -A lease that transfers substantially all the benefits and risks of ownership from the lessor to the lessee should be accounted for as a sales-type or direct financing lease by the lessor
Private Companies Practice Section Chapter 29: New Basis (Push-Down) Accounting Assets and liabilities may be comprehensively revalued by means of push-down accounting when an acquirer gains control of an entity Control of an entity is gained when more than 50 percent of the outstanding residual equity interests in the entity have been acquired When an acquirer gains control of an entity a new cost basis for a continuing entity is established
Private Companies Practice Section FRF for SMEs U.S. GAAP Tax basis OCBOA IFRS for SMEs Comparisons with other frameworks
Private Companies Practice Section Reporting under FRF for SMEs Financial statements prepared under the FRF for SMEs can be Audited Reviewed Compiled The same standards apply when reporting on other SPF financial statements Compilation: AR section 80, Compilation of Financial Statements Review: AR section 90, Review of Financial Statements Audit: AU-C section 800, Special Considerations—Audits of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance With Special Purpose Frameworks
Private Companies Practice Section Firm: Use this slide to indicate where staff can find the sample reports for audited, reviewed or compiled financials. Sample reports can be found in the Introduction to the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities Sample Reports
Private Companies Practice Section Sample standard review report Independent Accountant’s Review Report Board of Directors XYZ Company ↓ [last paragraph] Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying financial statements in order for them to be in conformity with Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities™, as described in Note 1. [Signature of accounting firm or accountant, as appropriate] [Date]
Private Companies Practice Section Sample basis of presentation note The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This special purpose framework, unlike generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States of America, does not require the recognition of deferred taxes. We have chosen the option to recognize only current income tax assets and liabilities. Other primary differences would be described as necessary.
Private Companies Practice Section Firm: Note where you have located the checklist within your methodology resources. Disclosures are streamlined to avoid excess detail, complexity, and extraneous information Presentation and Disclosure Checklist
Private Companies Practice Section Outreach to clients Firm: Use this point in the presentation to discuss what you’re doing within your practice to introduce clients to the FRF for SMEs. Make sure staff know where these tools are as they’re talking to clients. Intro to FRF for SMEs PowerPoint FAQs Flyer Short video Backgrounder Article for newsletters Sample letters
Private Companies Practice Section Do you have a client that may benefit from FRF for SMEs? Firm: Ask your staff if they’ve thought of clients that may be interested in this reporting alternative. Who should they inform? Identify the clients that you think may benefit from FRF for SMEs. Owner-managed companies with few or no external stockholders and don’t require GAAP financials Clients where we have large write-downs -Can we reduce write-downs in the future by converting these clients to the framework, eliminating those items that don’t make sense to them?
Private Companies Practice Section Discuss FRF for SMEs with Clients Have the conversation Introduce the framework to clients -Client-facing PowerPoint -Short video Show how the new framework can simplify their financial information -Illustrative financial statements Spread the word Firm: indicate what you’ve done already -Have you posted articles on your site and newsletters? -Have you posted the logo on your site? -Use social media – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook -Sample posts are available in the toolkit
Private Companies Practice Section Outreach to Financial Statement Users Help our clients explain the framework to their financial statement users. Special toolkit for bankers, surety companies, etc. -Intro to FRF for SMEs for Financial Statement Users -PowerPoint -Illustrative financial statements -Short video -FAQs -Flyer
Private Companies Practice Section Benefits to Financial Statement Users Bankers, surety companies and other users will get information that is Relevant Reliable Consistent FRF for SMES uses traditional accounting principles and accrual income tax accounting methods - familiar to most users FRF for SMEs has undergone public comment and professional scrutiny
Private Companies Practice Section Outreach to Others FIRM: Indicate what you’ve done or are planning to do to reach out to the community We can use all these toolkit resources to develop presentations to the community Rotary Clubs Small Business Organizations Banking conferences National Assn of Women Business Owners Others
Private Companies Practice Section Summary Learn about the framework Familiarize yourself with the resources Discuss FRF for SMEs with clients that may benefit Help clients reach out to their financial statement users Inform the business community