In a recent white paper, “The CFO’s Guide to AI and Machine Learning,” Oracle NetSuite sought to evaluate ChatGPT’s description of how to comply with the ASC 842 Accounting Rules, so they ask, “What steps should I take to ensure my company is ASC 842 compliant? 1”
ChatGPT responded, “ASC 842 is an accounting standard that affects the way companies report leases in their financial statements.
To ensure your company is ASC 842 compliant, you should take the following steps:
- Proper documentation — All intercompany transactions should be properly documented and recorded. This documentation should include invoices, purchase orders, and payment receipts.
- Elimination of intercompany transactions — Intercompany transactions should be eliminated from consolidated financial statements to avoid double-counting or misrepresentation of the company’s financial position.
- Intercompany pricing — The appropriate pricing for intercompany transactions should be determined based on market rates or other industry standards. This helps to ensure accurate financial reporting and avoid tax implications.
- Intercompany loans — Intercompany loans should be properly structured and documented, with clear repayment terms and interest rates.
- Legal and regulatory compliance — All intercompany transactions should comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, including tax laws, accounting standards, and transfer pricing regulations. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in penalties and legal issues for the company.1”
The white paper concluded that ChatGPT “understands the regulation, so creating a system that does the work seems well within reach.” ChatGPT also advises not to try following the standard without the necessary system(s) in place to comply.
While AI-based accounting software is rapidly being developed or formulated for existing accounting platforms like Oracle NetSuite, it ultimately will be up to business CFOs and their accountants to monitor the AI work performed.
You also could consider attending the session, “Here’s What NetSuite is Doing About AI, ML, GPT, and LLM” at this year’s Oracle NetSuite SuiteWorld, Oct. 16-19, in Las Vegas and on-air.
Editor’s note: Grammarly, the typing assistant I use to review my spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement and delivery of text identified no less than eight (8) mistakes in the direct quote above from ChatGPT. So while it may be subject content “right on,” it should improve its fundamental writing skills.
1 – Quotes have been reproduced from the Oracle NetSuite Business Guide: “The CFO’s Guide to AI and Machine Learning.”
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