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Update Debt Disclosures in Compliance with GASB-88

AAFCPAs would like to remind clients and friends that, in April 2018 the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 88, Certain Disclosures Related to Debt, including Direct Borrowings and Direct Placements. This standard is applicable for entities following governmental accounting standards, including AAFCPAs’ Charter School clients in Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as other quasi-governmental organizations. The standard is applicable for reporting periods beginning after June 15,... continue reading

MTRS Issues Final GASB 68 Report, Providing Charter Schools with Their Portion of Pension Expense and Revenue

AAFCPAs would like to make Massachusetts Charter School clients aware that the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System (MTRS) has issued its GASB 68 “Schedule of Nonemployer Allocations and Schedule of Collective Pension Amounts” report for the year ended June 30, 2017. The Schedules are available here. >> AAFCPAs reminds clients, per Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions, employers in a special funding situation... continue reading

GASB Issues New Lease Accounting Standard

In June 2017, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 87, Leases, which applies to entities following government accounting rules, including AAFCPAs’ clients in the Charter School industry, as well as other quasi-governmental organizations.  This guidance applies to most leases with a term of over 12 months.  These leases will now be recognized on the statement of net position of both the lessee and the lessor at the... continue reading

The Required Charter School Management’s Discussion & Analysis (MD&A)

Is Your MD&A Living Up to the Valuable Document It Was Intended to Be? As you close the books on another fiscal year, and begin to prepare for your annual audit, AAFCPAs advises our Charter School clients to take some time now to review the content of your Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A).  In order to satisfy the principal objectives of the MD&A, management must communicate the most meaningful short-... continue reading

Revised Massachusetts Charter School Audit Guide

AAFCPAs Highlights Changes and Practical Considerations to Ensure Charter Schools Are Well-Prepared for Your Financial Audit by John Buckley, CPA In June of 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) issued its revised Charter School Audit Guide, including significant changes to the financial reporting and audit requirements of charter schools.  This guide was last updated in 2010.  The DESE clearly states:  “It is the charter school’s responsibility... continue reading