Technical Accounting Review Committee (TARC)

Monitors and comments on activities and rulings of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The committee provides testimony on GASB standards and educates the IGFOA membership on those standards.


  1. Betsy Allen Betsy Allen, Member Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd
  2. Jason Coyle Jason Coyle, Member Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Partner
  3. Thomas Dahl Thomas Dahl, Member Village of Roselle, Finance Director
  4. Jim Egeberg Jim Egeberg, Member PACE Suburban Bus Div RTA, Section Manager, Debt Management
  5. Fred Lantz Fred Lantz, Member Sikich LLP, Partner in Charge, Government Services
  6. Joe Lightcap Joe Lightcap, Member Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Partner
  7. Lynn McCammon Lynn McCammon, Member Village of Winfield, Finance Director
  8. Nick Mostardo Nick Mostardo, Member Village of Libertyville, Finance Director
  9. Mark Nannini Mark Nannini, Member Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Chief Financial Officer
  10. Kay M Nees Kay M Nees, Member City of Champaign, Finance Director
  11. Barbara Ramsay Barbara Ramsay, Member Champaign County, Chief Deputy Auditor/Accounting Manager
  12. James R Savio James R Savio, Member Sikich LLP, Partner
  13. Dan Sethness Dan Sethness, Member RSM US LLP, Manager
  14. Jim Splitt Jim Splitt, Member Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Financial Analyst
  15. Scott C Termine Scott C Termine, Member BKD LLP, Partner
  16. Christine Torres Christine Torres, Member Crowe LLP
  17. Rita A Trainor Rita A Trainor, Member Wheaton Park District, Finance Director
  18. Laurel Warren Laurel Warren, Member Village of Hoffman Estates
  19. Jamie Wilkey Jamie Wilkey, Member Lauterbach & Amen, LLP, Partner
  20. Christina Coyle Christina Coyle, Chairperson Village of Glen Ellyn, Finance Director
  21. Bill Hannah Bill Hannah, Board Liaison Village of North Aurora, Finance Director
  22. Diane Gillian Lantz Diane Gillian Lantz, Staff Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, IGFOA Executive Director
  23. Ruth Limpers Ruth Limpers, Staff Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, Senior Association Manager

 PPRT REVENUE MISALLOCATION UPDATE - TARC Recommended Accounting Treatment 

Background
In late April 2016, local governments received a notice from the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) that a misallocation of Personal Property Replacement Taxes (PPRT) had resulted in an overpayment of an estimated $168 million to local governments. In response to the information available at that time TARC recommended that the recovery sought by the Department of revenue warranted recognition as a liability as defined by GASB Concepts Statement 4.  In September 2017, the Department of Revenue issued a statement that they would no longer be seeking repayment of these overpayments.

Recommended Accounting Treatment
If a government recorded a liability for the overpayment in the past, the correct accounting treatment would now be to reverse the entry that was created previously. If no entry was done previously, then certainly no entry should be done at this time. This forgiveness of the overpayment would not meet the definition of an extraordinary item or a special item and should not be recorded as such.  Governments are always encouraged to discuss the treatment they have elected with their auditors.

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Public Act 100-0023 - Recommended Accounting Treatment

Background
As part of the State Budget process, the Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 100-0023. Public Act 100-0023 provides that, beginning in July 2017, 2% of locally imposed sales taxes collected by the state be transferred to the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund. The 2% administrative fee was not imposed on the local portion of the 6.25% state sales tax, but all other sales taxes collected by the state on behalf of local government (including Home Rule Sales Tax) are subject to the 2% administrative fee.

Recommended Accounting Treatment
TARC has concluded that the 2% administrative fee can be treated as a deduction from revenue or recorded separately as an expenditure. TARC does suggest that municipalities may want to track the amount of fees charged under Public Act 100-0023 to be able to communicate the impact of this law. The amount of the 2% administrative fee should also reduce any Receivables and Deferred Inflows of Resources reported in fiscal year-end financial statements.

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A New Financial Reporting Model for Governmental Funds

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TARC RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTING GASB STATEMENTS

IGFOA Response to GASB Exposure Drafts:

Exposure Draft on Certain Asset Retirement Obligations
Response to Exposure Draft on Certain Asset Retirement Obligations

Exposure Draft on Fiduciary Activities
• Response to Exposure Draft on Fiduciary Activities

The Implementation Guide
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Response to Exposure Draft on Implementation Guide

The Financial Reporting Entity

Codification of Accounting and Financial Reporting Guidance

Pension Accounting and Financial Reporting

Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for State and Local Governments

Codification of Accounting and Financial Reporting Guidance

Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definition

Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting

Endowment Funds—Accounting and Reporting for Land and Other Real Property Held as Investments

Pension Disclosure: GASB 25 & 27 Amendment

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GASB Links:

What's New at the GASB Web site
Summary and Status of GASB Statements and Interpretations
GASB 45 OPEB Fact Sheet
GASB Exposure Document

SAS 112 Resources

Understanding SAS 112 from AICPA
Impact of SAS 112 on Governmental Financial Audits Conference Call

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AUDITOR RELATIONSHIP

With the collapse of Enron and the federal indictments of numerous CEOs, the public and the media have taken an increased interest in the relationship between organizations and their auditors. Congress took action by passing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which attempts to ensure greater auditor independence and oversight. While the act only applies to the private sector, the public sector needs to take notice of the important auditor relationship issues. The IGFOA, through the TARC committee, has been examining issues of auditor selection, rotation, and independence in an attempt to provide members with valuable resources.

Guide to Selecting an Auditor
• Download the Guide
• Download a sample RFP

IGFOA surveyed Finance Directors and City Managers regarding Auditor Rotation issues. View the results of the Auditor Relationship Survey:

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IMET Liquidating Trust Treatment

TARC Recommends Accounting Treatment for PPRT Revenue Misallocation

DuPage Water Commission Refund

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TARC Accounting Review Committee Comments On:

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Meeting Reports

February 25, 2010 meeting report

2009 Committee Report

July 17, 2009 meeting report

April 17, 2009 meeting report

October 17, 2008 meeting report

Technical Accounting Review Committee Report of Activity October 2007-July 2008

April 22 , 2008 meeting report

If you feel strongly about any of the issues TARC is currently examining or would like to present a new issue, please Contact the Committee Chair

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