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AICPA Audit and Accounting Guide: Credit Losses
Offering the latest guidance on credit loss, this publication addresses accounting implementation issues, and offers in-depth coverage of audit considerations from risk assessment and planning to execution of the audit.

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Understand the latest guidance on credit loss.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Management accounting and financial professionals
  • Auditors who need to understand the latest guidance on credit loss with a focus on Lending Institutions and Insurance Companies.

Key Topics

  • Key accounting provisions of FASB ASC 326.
  • Key accounting implementation issues and interpretations identified by the Credit Loss Task Force.
  • Comprehensive coverage of audit considerations specific to the allowance for credit loss transactions, including controls, audit risk, and management estimates. Content for audit considerations developed by task force comprised of highly experienced industry experts.

On June 16, 2016, FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, to amend guidance on reporting credit losses for financial assets held at amortized costs basis and available-for-sale debt securities and create FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 326, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses.

Upon the effective date of this ASU, the incurred loss impairment methodology in current GAAP is replaced with a methodology that reflects expected credit losses and requires consideration of a broader range of reasonable and supportable information to inform credit loss estimates.

In response to the issuance of FASB ASC 326, the AICPA organized the Credit Loss Task Force to identify and address accounting implementation issues related to this standard.

In light of the new accounting requirements, this publication will address accounting implementation issues identified by the task force as well as provide in-depth coverage of audit considerations from risk assessment and planning to execution of the audit.

Note: Accounting and auditing content will be updated on a regular basis in future editions of this guide as taskforces finalize each implementation issue.

This guidance has been developed and reviewed by leading experts across the profession to provide the most comprehensive and reliable implementation guidance. Accounting guidance has been reviewed by the AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC), or one of its sub-committees, and, as always, auditing guidance in AICPA audit and accounting guides are issued under the authority of the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) and therefore considered authoritative guidance.

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American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

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