Hedge funds can incur start-up costs called organization and offering costs. Oftentimes, the treatment of these costs for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (GAAP) purposes can cause headaches during the audit process. The key to avoiding this particular headache is understanding the issue and then coordinating with your auditor on a plan of action during the organization of the fund.Read More
The Coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”) is causing significant financial and operating hardships across all industries. Any companies that are currently preparing GAAP financial statements, including investment companies, should consider whether or not the impact of COVID-19 represents a significant event as defined in FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“FASB ASC”) 855, Subsequent Events.Read More
In this post, we will discuss the rules and mechanics of alternative investment fund tax allocations. Most alternative investment vehicles are structured as partnerships. Therefore, Subchapter K of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), specifically IRC Section 704, provides the guidance and rules for tax allocations.Read More
May 2020 Update: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in May 2020 the Auditing Standards Board issued new guidance providing for a one-year delay to the effective date of SAS No. 134, which will now be effective for audits of financial statements ending on or after December 15, 2021 and also allows for early implementation.
Non-public entities, including private funds and investment advisors, will likely see changes to Auditor’s Reports, or the Opinion, included beginning with December 2020 audited financial statements.
Effective March 12, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Rule 206(4)-2 of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”). These amendments are designed to provide additional safeguards when a registered advisor is deemed to have custody of client funds or securities by requiring the advisor to undergo an annual surprise examination by an independent public accountant who is subject to regular inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The annual surprise examination procedures are designed to verify that client funds and securities, of which an investment advisor has custody, are held by a qualified custodian and either in a separate account for each client or under the advisor’s name as agent or trustee for the client.Read More