GAAP Hot Topics – What You Need to Know
This course provides an overview of several of the key accounting and reporting topics within U.S. GAAP. This includes a discussion of accounting for business combinations, revenue recognition principles, and leasing transactions. This course also address topics such as goodwill impairment, segment reporting, how to account for software (both internal-use and for resale) as well as requirements related to accounting changes and error corrections.

Course Publication Date: March 13, 2024

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active self study membership or all access membership or can be purchased for $160.00!

Author:Kelen Camehl
Course No:ACT-GAAPHOT-16924
Recommended CPE:16.00
Delivery Method:QAS Self Study
Level of Knowledge:Overview
Advanced Preparation:None
Recommended Field of Study:Accounting
Learning Objectives
  • Identify the definition of a business as it relates to a business combination transaction.
  • List the steps involved in the acquisition method.
  • Identify the acquisition date for a business combination.
  • Recognize how to measure goodwill and gains from bargain purchases.
  • Identify the measurement period for business combinations.
  • Recognize financial statement disclosures related to business combinations.
  • List the five steps involved in the new revenue recognition model.
  • Recognize the considerations involved in identifying whether a contract exists.
  • Identify the considerations involved with measuring the transaction price.
  • Recognize the steps involved in allocating the transaction price to performance obligations.
  • Determine whether an arrangement contains a lease.
  • Identify considerations with respect to substitution rights.
  • Identify the criteria for the new finance lease and short-term leases.
  • Recognize the new recognition and measurement requirements for both lessees and lessors.
  • Identify the requirements related to lease modifications.
  • Identify presentation and disclosure requirements for both lessees and lessors.
  • Identify the recognition requirements related to goodwill.
  • Recognize overall characteristics of goodwill impairment testing.
  • Differentiate between the qualitative and quantitative test of goodwill impairment.
  • Identify key characteristics of the accounting alternative for goodwill.
  • List the key disclosure requirements for goodwill and goodwill impairment losses.
  • Identify key characteristics of operating segments.
  • Recognize characteristics of the entity’s chief operating decision maker.
  • Identify the quantitative thresholds used for reportable segments.
  • Recognize disclosure requirements for reportable segments as well as entity-wide disclosures.
  • Distinguish between software that is considered internal-use and not considered internal-use.
  • Recognize how implementation costs are accounted for in various stages of software development.
  • Identify when capitalization and amortization should commence.
  • Recognize how implementation costs of hosting arrangements are accounted for differently.
  • Recognize software that is within the scope of ASC Topic 985-20.
  • Identify how software costs are recorded prior to and after establishing technological feasibility.
  • Recognize how amortization is recorded for capitalized software costs.
  • Identify general disclosure requirements related to software for resale.
  • List the different types of accounting changes and how they affect an entity’s financial statements.
  • Differentiate between the requirements for the different types of accounting changes.
  • Identify the steps involved in the required assessment for a correction of an error.
  • Differentiate between the iron curtain and rollover methods for quantifying a correction of an error.
  • Recognize the different types of restatements required as a result of accounting changes.
  • Differentiate between a GAAP financial measure and a non-GAAP financial measure.
  • Recognize examples of different types of non-GAAP financial measures.
  • Identify which SEC guidance is applicable to different types of non-GAAP financial measures.
  • Recognize disclosures within the scope of Regulation G.
  • Identify key requirements included within both Regulation G and Regulation S-K related to these measures.

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