Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What’s Holding Up FASB’s Going Concern Project?

The going concern project has been on the FASB’s agenda since back in 2008. Seems the FASB wants to move the guidance from auditing literature to the accounting Codification. Makes sense to me. I never have understood why the “accounting” standards were set by an auditing standard but they fixed that with the FASB Codification that was effective July 1, 2009. So what’s causing the delay? There are probably numerous reasons that it has not made it to the Codification. At first FASB was simply going to import the standard as it exists today into the Codification but then decided to revise the whole standard. That’s never a quick process, so I guess that we will just have to be patient and hope for the best. What do you think?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Is the Death Tax Really Dead?

The Federal Estate Tax was repealed effective January 1, 2010 because the Congress failed to pass legislation extending it. But is it really dead? The House of Representatives by a vote of 225 to 200 passed a bill in December 2009 reinstating the Estate Tax for 2010 at 45% with a $3.5 million exemption. The only problem is that the Senate opposed extending the tax even temporarily so they did nothing and it expired. There has been talk of reinstating the tax retroactively to January 1, 2010 but Representative Charles Rangel (Dem – NY) said that he is opposed to making the tax retroactive. It is going to be interesting to see if once Congress has addressed the health care issue what they are going to do about the estate tax.

Repealing the estate tax creates some very interesting moral dilemmas. With no estate tax to contend with are high-net-worth individuals now going to give more money to charity or to their children? It also created a very unique financial planning decision for 2009. Do we pull the plug on old Uncle Earl or do we wait until after January 1, 2010 and then unplug him? It is hard to think that these life and death decisions would be driven by taxes. But you know the old saying, “The only things for certain are death and taxes.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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