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Accounting News Roundup: SEC Close on IFRS Decision; Yelp’s S-1; The Tax Rule of 72? | 11.18.11

SEC Nearing Decision on Accounting Standards [WSJ]
The Securities and Exchange Commission this week cleared the way for a long-awaited decision on whether U.S. companies should switch to using global accounting rules. The SEC chief accountant’s office issued two fact-finding papers Wednesday about the use of the global rules, known as International Financial Reporting Standards. Those papers lay the groundwork for a recommendation from the SEC’s staff to the commissioners, expected by the end of the year, on whether they should move to IFRS and away from U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The staff’s work “gives me the confidence that lets me know they are moving toward a decision,” said Joel Osnoss, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.’s global leader for IFRS.

Tax Spat Stymies Debt Panel [WSJ]
Days away from a deadline, Congress’s deficit-reduction supercommittee is stymied, stumped in large part by one of Washington’s seemingly unsolvable problems: What to do with the Bush-era tax cuts? Republicans are digging in against any agreement that does not extend current income-tax rates, which are scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.

Yelp Files for I.P.O. [DealBook, S-1]
Yelp, which makes the bulk of its revenue from advertising contracts with local businesses, is not yet profitable. Though revenue rose 79.9 percent, to $58.4 million for the first nine months of this year, the company recorded a loss of $7.4 million.

Fund Transfers Are Focus of MF Global Probe [WSJ]
Regulators have unearthed new details indicating MF Global Holdings Ltd. shifted hundreds of millions of dollars in customer funds to its own brokerage accounts in the days before its bankruptcy filing, according to people familiar with the matter. Such moves could violate regulations stipulating that commodities brokers can’t mix customer funds with brokerage funds. Brokerage funds often are used to back proprietary trading positions. According to MF Global’s internal records, the transactions were as large as hundreds of millions of dollars at a time, these people said.

Rule of 72? [Tax Update]
Please keep filing tax returns after your 72nd birthday.

Barnier’s audit reforms ‘might be delayed’ [Accountancy Age]
You know how things are.

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