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Budgeting consumes a massive amount of time and resources. It's a stressful and busy time.

Are there ways to improve the effectiveness of the investment we make in the budget process? Can we make better budgeting decisions that lead to higher performance?

There are options within and beyond traditional budgeting. Each company should consider these options and decide which could improve their budgeting process. Budgeting has many benefits that we can continue to capture and build upon.

This online budgeting course starts by outlining the benefits and challenges of budgeting. Throughout this course, I'll provide tips and alternative budget systems that can mitigate these challenges and capture more benefits.

Next, you'll learn or revisit some foundational concepts for budgeting. I'll build on these to show the pros and cons of later budgeting tips, ideas, and alternatives.

The master budget is a collection of many sub-budgets. I'll show how these fit together to form an aligned plan to achieve a company's strategic goals. There's a method to the madness of when different types of assumptions and calculations are layered into the budget. However, the process is not entirely sequential. It abounds with iterative loops.

The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

I'll explore a series of budgeting alternatives in the final section of the course. We'll look at rolling forecasts, zero-based budgeting, activity-based budgeting, and many others. We'll also look at operating without a budget. Each alternative has pros and cons that I'll list.

Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

The online budgeting course concludes by revisiting budgeting process challenges and how the tips and alternatives presented in the course can address or mitigate those challenges.

The course author has been the CFO, SVP of Finance, or Director of Operations of companies with just a few employees to companies with $3 billion in assets and hundreds of employees. He's led, facilitated, or participated in the budgeting process many times.  

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Are there ways to improve the effectiveness of the investment we make in the budget process? Can we make better budgeting decisions that lead to higher performance?

There are options within and beyond traditional budgeting. Each company should consider these options and decide which could improve their budgeting process. Budgeting has many benefits that we can continue to capture and build upon.

This online budgeting course starts by outlining the benefits and challenges of budgeting. Throughout this course, I'll provide tips and alternative budget systems that can mitigate these challenges and capture more benefits.

Next, you'll learn or revisit some foundational concepts for budgeting. I'll build on these to show the pros and cons of later budgeting tips, ideas, and alternatives.

The master budget is a collection of many sub-budgets. I'll show how these fit together to form an aligned plan to achieve a company's strategic goals. There's a method to the madness of when different types of assumptions and calculations are layered into the budget. However, the process is not entirely sequential. It abounds with iterative loops.

The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

I'll explore a series of budgeting alternatives in the final section of the course. We'll look at rolling forecasts, zero-based budgeting, activity-based budgeting, and many others. We'll also look at operating without a budget. Each alternative has pros and cons that I'll list.

Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

The online budgeting course concludes by revisiting budgeting process challenges and how the tips and alternatives presented in the course can address or mitigate those challenges.

The course author has been the CFO, SVP of Finance, or Director of Operations of companies with just a few employees to companies with $3 billion in assets and hundreds of employees. He's led, facilitated, or participated in the budgeting process many times.  

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This course is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1 identifies the common financial shenanigans demonstrated with a series of real-life cases and addressed ongoing financial reporting issues (e.g., restatements, SEC enforcement actions). The failure of corporate governance and auditor’s role in Enron’s collapse are also discussed. Chapter 2 explains the basic accounting rules for stock-based compensation. It also identifies regulations that protect investors from unethical business practices. Chapter 3 focuses on the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act including the creation of PCAOB, reforms of corporate America, and improvements in audit quality. It also discusses internal control reporting requirements, the role of the audit committee, and disclosure controls and personal accountability.  Chapter 4 identifies ways to promote high levels of accountability and transparency. It explains the importance of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. It also discusses the role of good corporate governance in protecting shareholder value.

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The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

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Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

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This online budgeting course starts by outlining the benefits and challenges of budgeting. Throughout this course, I'll provide tips and alternative budget systems that can mitigate these challenges and capture more benefits.

Next, you'll learn or revisit some foundational concepts for budgeting. I'll build on these to show the pros and cons of later budgeting tips, ideas, and alternatives.

The master budget is a collection of many sub-budgets. I'll show how these fit together to form an aligned plan to achieve a company's strategic goals. There's a method to the madness of when different types of assumptions and calculations are layered into the budget. However, the process is not entirely sequential. It abounds with iterative loops.

The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

I'll explore a series of budgeting alternatives in the final section of the course. We'll look at rolling forecasts, zero-based budgeting, activity-based budgeting, and many others. We'll also look at operating without a budget. Each alternative has pros and cons that I'll list.

Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

The online budgeting course concludes by revisiting budgeting process challenges and how the tips and alternatives presented in the course can address or mitigate those challenges.

The course author has been the CFO, SVP of Finance, or Director of Operations of companies with just a few employees to companies with $3 billion in assets and hundreds of employees. He's led, facilitated, or participated in the budgeting process many times.  

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Accounting for Pensions and Postretirement Benefits - v12 (Course Id 1753)

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Author : Jae K. Shim, Ph.D., CPA
Course Length : Pages: 88 ||| Review Questions: 30 ||| Final Exam Questions: 35
CPE Credits : 7.0
IRS Credits : 0
Price : $62.95
Passing Score : 70%
Course Type: NASBA QAS - Text - NASBA Registry
Technical Designation: Technical
Primary Subject-Field Of Study:

Accounting - Accounting for Course Id 1753

Description :

In 2021, the Congressional Research Service reported that over 70% of all U.S. workers have access to employer-sponsored pensions. The need to properly administer and account for pension funds is critical. There are very specific requirements for pension accounting and postretirement benefits. ASC 715 Compensation-Retirement Benefits provides guidance on financial reporting for employers who offer pension benefits to their employees. ASC 960 Plan Accounting-Defined Benefit Pension Plans and ASC 962 Plan Accounting-Defined Contribution Pension Plans address the plan accounting standards for defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans respectively. Those detailed calculations of pension cost and reporting requirements produce a complex accounting standard.

This postretirement benefits and pension CPE course is designed to help you navigate the complexities of this standard. It begins with an overview of the pension system in the U.S. discussing the nature of pension plans, plan participants’ activities, the classification of pension plans, and types of pension plans and their characteristics. It addresses the significance of pension federal laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Pension Protection Act, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act, and the American Rescue Plan Act. This pension course also provides current coverage of the requirements for accounting and reporting on pension plans and postretirement benefits. It includes specific examples to illustrate the application. Relevant references to and excerpts from ASC 715, ASC 960, and ASC 962 are discussed throughout the course.

Usage Rank : 15000
Release : 2022
Version : 1.0
Prerequisites : GAAP.
Experience Level : Overview
Additional Contents : Complete, no additional material needed.
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Advance Preparation : None.
Delivery Method : QAS Self Study
Intended Participants : Anyone needing Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
Revision Date : 01-Feb-2023
NASBA Course Declaration : Participants must complete the final examination within one year of purchase and with a minimum passing grade of 70% or better to receive CPE credit unless otherwise noted on the Course History page (i.e. California Ethics must score 90% or better). After logging in click on the Course History links on your My Courses page for the Begin date and Expire date for the Final Exam.
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NASBA QAS - Text - NASBA Registry - 1753

Keywords : Accounting, Accounting, Pensions, Postretirement, Benefits, v12, cpe, cpa, online course
Learning Objectives :

Course Learning Objectives

After studying this course, you will be able to:
    1. Identify the key provisions of pension federal laws
    2. Distinguish between defined benefit and defined contribution plans
    3. Identify the way to evaluate plan assets
    4. Recognize various measures of pension obligations
    5. Identify the components of pension expense
    6. Recognize the pension assets (overfunded plan) and pension liabilities (unfunded plan)
    7. Identify the unique accounting practice of postretirement benefits
    8. Recognize the reporting requirements for the employer and pension plans
Course Contents :

Chapter 1:    Overview of the Pension System

I. Pension Fund Structure

A) Background Information

1. Nature of Pension Plans

2. Plan Participantsí Activities

B) Pension Plan Classification

1. Single-Employer Plans

2. Multiemployer Plans

3. Multiple Employer Plans

C) Federal Laws for Pension Plans

1. Employee Retirement Income Security Act

2. Pension Protection Act

3. Multiemployer Pension Reform Act

4. American Rescue Plan Act

II. Types of Pension Plans

A) Defined Benefit Plans

B) Defined Contribution Plans

C) Hybrid Pension Plans

1. Cash Balance Plans

2. Floor-Offset Plans

3. Target Benefit Plans

III. Pension Accounting and Reporting

A) Fundamentals of Pension Accounting and Reporting

B) Standards for Accounting and Reporting

1. Overview

2. Scope and Scope Exceptions

Review Questions - Group 1

Chapter 2:    Accounting for Defined Benefit Plans

I. General Principles

II. Measurement of Plan Assets

III. Measurement of Cost and Obligations

A) Pension Obligations

1. Selection of Discount Rates

2. Measures of Plan Liabilities

Review Questions - Group 2

B) Components of Pension Expense

1. Service Cost

2. Interest Cost

3. Actual Return on Plan Assets

4. Amortization of Prior Service Cost

5. Gain or Loss

Review Questions - Group 3

IV. Modifications to Pension Plans

A) Settlement

B) Curtailment

C) Termination

V. Recognition of Liabilities and Assets

A) General Rules

B) Classification and Time of Measurement

C) Subsequent Amendment: Practical Expedient for Measuring Obligations and Assets

Review Questions - Group 4

VI. Considerations for Postretirement Benefits

A) Accounting

B) Plan Amendment

C) Health Care Benefits

Comprehensive Illustrations

A) Amortization of Prior Service Cost

1. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income

2. Plan Amendment

B) Actuarial Gains or Losses/Prior Service Cost

C) Corridor Approach

D) Postretirement Benefit

E) Worksheet

1. Recognition of Liability

2. Prior Service Cost

Review Questions - Group 5

Chapter 3:    Reporting for Defined Benefit Plans

I. Requirements for Plan Sponsors (Employers)

A) Public Entities

B) Nonpublic Entities

C) Entities (Public and Nonpublic) with Two or More Plans

D) Interim Financial Reports

1. Publicly Traded Entities

2. Nonpublic Entities

E) Subsequent Amendment

1. Improve the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost

2. Improve the Effectiveness of Footnote Disclosures

Summary of Disclosure Requirements

A) Pension Plans

B) Postretirement Benefits

II. Requirements for Plan Administrators

A) General Rules

1. Presentation of Financial Statements

2. Dates Used to Present Information

B) Net Assets Available for Benefits

1. Contributions Receivable

2. Investments

3. Operating Assets

4. Liabilities

C) Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits

D) Actuarial Present Value of Accumulated Plan Benefits

1. Determining Accumulated Plan Benefits

2. Presentation Matters

E) 401(h) Accounts

F) Subsequent Amendment: Interests in Master Trusts

G) Regulatory Reporting Requirements

Review Questions - Group 6

Chapter 4:    Accounting and Reporting for Defined Contribution Plans

I. Accounting Treatment

A) General Rules

B) Pension Expense

C) Contributing Assets from a DB Plan to a DC Plan

II. Reporting and Disclosure

A) General Rules

B) Net Assets Available for Benefits

1. Contributions Receivable

2. Investments

3. Operating Assets

4. Liabilities

C) Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits

D) Subsequent Amendment: Interests in Master Trusts

E) Regulatory Requirements

1. Form 11-K

2. ERISA

Chapter 5:    Other Matters

I. Multiemployer Plans

A) Accounting Treatment

B) Reporting and Disclosure

II. Postemployment Benefits

III. U.S. GAAP vs. IFRS

Review Questions - Group 8

Appendix A: Employee Benefit Plan Fraud Examples

Appendix B: An Auditorís Report on Financial Statements for a Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Subject to ERISA

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