How subsequent events affect your financial statements
Abstract: Financial statements provide a snapshot of a company’s financial condition on the balance sheet date. But in the real world, a company’s assets, liabilities and net worth are in a constant state of flux. What happens when, after financial statements are prepared, events occur that have a material impact on the numbers? Recently, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 165, now known as Accounting Standards Codification TM (ASC) Topic 855, Subsequent Events. It doesn’t make significant changes to the principles that apply to subsequent events, but underscores management’s responsibility for identifying and disclosing such events.