September 18, 2018

IFRS 15 Will Not be Tested on the CPA Exam Any Time Soon

As all of you should know, any new pronouncements are usually eligible for CPA exam testing 6 months after their effective date. So, for example, if a new rule comes into play on December 15 (which they do often for companies that have a year end of December 31), it can appear on the CPA exam as early as the third testing window of the following year.

Considering how anxious the Board of Examiners was to shove IFRS content into the exam long before the U.S. actually decided to use those standards (which, as of 3:04 PM today, isn't happening unless Satan ice skated to work this morning), this development is interesting:

The International Accounting Standards Board issued IFRS 15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, on May 28, 2014. IFRS 15 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and earlier application is permitted. Under the CPA Exam Policy on New Pronouncements, IFRS 15 would become eligible for testing on January 1, 2015, in the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) section of the CPA Exam.

Given the scope and significance of IFRS 15, the AICPA Board of Examiners has decided that the standard will not be tested in the FAR section of the CPA Exam prior to January 1, 2016. The BOE will re-evaluate its decision during the second quarter of 2015 to determine whether an additional deferral of IFRS 15 is necessary. All other accounting and auditing pronouncements, including amendments to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification in Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, will continue to follow the Policy on New Pronouncements.

Now, this could mean the BoE is seriously considering a little heel dragging on stuffing more IFRS into the exam. Or it could mean nothing at all. All you need to know is that IFRS 15 will not appear in FAR until at least 2016, if then.

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Elijah Watt Sells Award Recipients Make the Rest of Us Want to Puke

The AICPA announced the winners of the Elijah Watt Sells awards yesterday. For you mere mortals, this is an award for the 10 highest cumulative scorers on the CPA exam.
Glancing over the recipients we notice that two Big 4 firms (KPMG and Deloitte) enslave employ five of the recipients. A couple of recipients work in industry and a few more work for smaller, local firms.
This leads to the obvious question of why the hell P. Dubya and E&Y were totally shut out? Grant Thornton and BDO were also blanked. Are the honchos at the Radio Station and Big D giving the worker bees more time to study? Are P. Dubs, E&Y, et al. cutting out the bonuses for passing and thus destroying anyone’s motivation for passing? Are those of you looking to pass already choosing between eating and sleeping (and maybe sex) so studying just isn’t happening? Sells was a Big D founder so maybe the whole thing is rigged? Thoughts anyone?
Oh and congratulate the recipients while you’re at it (without vomiting on them).

We’re Here to Listen to Your CPA Exam Stories Because We’re Solid Like That

Cpa_exam.jpgOkay, so the purpose of the Elijah Watt Sells post was not to make any of you feel like you’re lesser accountants. We just figured that a good portion of you were hung over today and the story of 10 individuals that got vomit-worthy scores on the CPA exam would get you past the nausea and running to the bathroom to lose that 3 am breakfast.
Now that you’re feeling better, we want to appeal to the rest of you. We want your CPA exam horror stories. Not because we want you to send you running back into the bathroom to sob in the stall. Not because some people we know passed all four sections in one sitting and don’t have any good stories. No, no. We want your stories because we here to listen to you. Besides, they’re probably funny now anyway. Aren’t they? Even if you’re still mortified or pissed off, this your opportunity to vent about it.
Sooooo, did you run out of gas on the way to the exam site? Did your computer crash with 10 minutes to go and you had to re-take the entire exam? We’re you caught cheating?!? Or watching porn? Impress us…