Accounting and Financial Reporting

Advanced Financial Reporting

Course Overview

Title

Advanced Financial Reporting

Level

Advanced

Prerequisite

Accounting and financial reporting professionals with at least two years of experience, or who have attended GFOA’s Intermediate Governmental Accounting seminar or an equivalent program

Field of Study

Accounting — Governmental

Topics

Accounting and Financial Reporting

Format

Offered as a Group-Live Class

CPE

16

Participants will examine in detail the format and contents of a comprehensive annual financial report prepared in accordance with both generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the program requirements of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program.

Updated to include GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities; GASB Statement No. 86, Certain Debt Extinguishment Issues; GASB Statement No. 88, Certain Disclosures Related to Debt Including Direct Borrowings and Direct Placements; and GASB Statement No. 91, Conduit Debt Obligations.

Note: Participants may wish to bring a copy of their comprehensive annual financial report to the course. The program is an expanded form of GFOA’s seminar on Preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Learning Objectives

Those who successfully complete the seminar should be able to:

  • Understand generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for state and local government
  • Identify the three basic sections of a comprehensive annual financial report and the essential components of each
  • Differentiate basic financial statements, required supplementary information, and other supplementary information within a comprehensive annual financial report
  • Identify the basic elements of a letter of transmittal
  • Identify the appropriate elements to include in management’s discussion and analysis
  • Format each of the basic financial statements
  • Classify data in each of the basic financial statements
  • Properly apply commonly misunderstood note disclosure requirements
  • Prepare required supplementary information
  • Format combining and individual fund statements
  • Prepare required statistical presentations

Who Will Benefit

CFO/Finance Director

Controller

Accountant

Schedule and Sample Agenda

Format

Agenda

CPE

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Group Live

16 CPE

8 Hours

8 Hours

Register

Scheduled Offerings

Format / Location

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GFOA has cancelled all Group-Live training events through September 2021.

Course Instructors

This course is taught by finance officers and other industry experts.