FASB Topic 832 Board Meeting

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) met on March 14, 2018 for the first time in 20 months to discuss Topic 832: Disclosures by Business Entities about Government Assistance. Given that so much time has passed between now and the last formal meeting and the Board turnover, the Board decided to make this an educational session where no formal decisions would be made.

5 Technology Tips: Preparing for Disclosures on Tax Credits & Incentives under FASB 832

In conjunction with ACT - the Tax Technology Association, we recently hosted a webinar to discuss the new disclosure requirements under FASB Topic 832 and how to prepare from a technology standpoint. While many have forgotten about this ASU (accounting standards update) due to tax reform and other accounting standards affecting tax, it's set to be finalized by June 30, 2018.

Blockchain and Corporate Taxation: Change is Coming

When it comes to blockchain technology, a majority of people understand it has something to do with Bitcoin (BTC) and that's about it. While it's true that the popular cryptocurrency relies on blockchain, BTC represents a relatively insignificant portion of the blockchain market share. The implications of blockchain adaptation are far-reaching, with the potential to not just disrupt, but foundationally change the way most industries operate.

Infographic - FASB Topic 832 Timeline (updated)

2018 update of this Infographic: the objective of FASB Topic 832 is to develop disclosure requirements about government assistance, also known as tax credits & incentives - this Infographic depicts a timeline of where this project originated as well as its projected completion date.

Site Selection and Incentives Negotiation: The Last Mile

The site selection process is one of the most significant aspects of opening a new facility or corporate location. When companies are deciding where to site a new location, factors such as labor, real estate, demographics, proximity to market, taxation, state & local regulations and many other factors must be considered.

Next-Level Innovation for Tax & Finance: A Fresh Perspective

In a digital era where software is eating the world, the vast majority of public companies are struggling to stay current when it comes to deploying new technologies in their tax and finance departments. It’s true that one of the primary duties of the chief financial officer is to de-risk the enterprise, but at what cost when they are losing competitive advantage due to slow adoption of new technology?

2017 FEI CFRI Conference

We'll be attending this year's 2017 Financial Executives International's 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference in New York City on Nov. 13-14. As our first sponsorship of an FEI conference, we're really looking forward to engaging with all the attendees and showcasing our new technology that just won us accolades as a top 100 most innovative RegTech company in the world.

From Paper to the Cloud: The Power of New Technology

An old, veteran salesman used to tell me stories about the good ol’ days of enterprise technology sales from back in the late 1970’s.

He spoke of the fierce competition that existed between his company and a few others--all of which would one day become multi-billion dollar global giants. He described how in those days, before computers were commonly used in the workplace, everyone used to track their sales prospects data on paper or on white boards.

A Future of Data Transparency

Imagine if all public government information were to become transformed into standardized, open data? The Data Coalition not only envisions this, they are the world’s only trade association that is completely dedicated to making this happen. Their sister organization, the Data Foundation, seeks to define an open future for our data for a better government and society through research, education, and programming.

No Ordinary Tech Buzzword

When Big 4 staple Deloitte comes out with a list of the top RegTech companies, it’s a sure sign that this emerging tech sector has arrived.

We may be wary of another tech buzzword given how much hype, and at times hyperbole, past buzzwords have received. But how many fads have been based on a topic so practical and operationally based like RegTech?

FASB Nears the Finish Line on Materiality

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been working through a project on materiality for the past year-and-a-half, because up to now, there has been no explicit U.S. GAAP accounting standard for the accounting of government assistance.

Materiality is integral to Topic 832, Accounting Standards Update, Government Assistance in terms of defining a threshold for which government incentives will ultimately have to be disclosed.

Scott Nelson, Founder of BIGcontrols: Bringing ‘Moneyball’ to Government Incentives

The client on the phone had a desperate tone in his voice as he said he needed help. He said the CEO was breathing down his neck. His company had not seen a dime on two of their government incentives for the last few years. On the other end of the phone, Scott Nelson, a Big Six government incentives consultant, had an “aha moment”.

BIGcontrols Receives Big Ranking

It’s estimated that the United States has over 27 million entrepreneurs. So when Konsus recently released a list of top technology startup pitch decks and ranked BIGcontrols number 23, it says a lot about BIGcontrols and the value behind the mission of our company. Konsus based their listing on our presentation at 500 Startups, a leading technology incubator and investor which attracts the best and brightest technology innovators.

A United State of Incentives

If anyone thinks the states of our country are not united, the New York Times has coined a term that suggests otherwise: “ The United States of Subsidy” . The Times is referring to the subsidies, often referred to as government incentives, that are currently being offered by all levels of government to companies across the nation in order to attract business to their jurisdiction and to stimulate investment.

Trump’s Impact on Compliance in 2017: Change is Coming

With every new president, there always comes some uncertainty to how the new regime will affect policy. However, with the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump now behind us, there is a heightened level of anticipation for what might happen in the coming months. Even without the wildcard that is President Trump, a Republican controlled House and Senate will ensure that many changes will be coming that will greatly impact compliance in regulated industries in 2017.