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FASB Working to Update Definitions for Revenues and Expenses

Efforts have begun to update several financial statement definitions in the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Conceptual Framework, a guide used to help the board establish consistent accounting standards. In particular, the FASB is working to revise the definitions for revenues and expenses, as both terms use similar language in their descriptions under Statements of Financial Accounting Concepts No. 6, Elements of Financial Statements: a Replacement of FASB Concepts Statement No. 3 — Incorporating an Amendment of FASB Concepts Statement No. 2. The FASB will look into defining revenues as either inflows or other improvements to assets of a company,. Read More.

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Employee Benefit Plans Excluded from Disclosure Framework

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) moves forward with finalizing its disclosure framework, the board has decided to exclude employee benefit plans from the guidance. Agreed upon at its October 4 meeting, the FASB said confirmed that employee benefit plans will not be evaluated similarly as other entities when the board decides whether they are required to disclose certain information. The decision was based on the FASB’s belief that an employee benefit plan’s financial statements and its users are significantly different from organizations to allow for possibly different reporting considerations. While most FASB members agreed with this sentiment, Christine. Read More.

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FASB to Clarify Guidance for Collaborative Arrangements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will seek ways to make its guidance under Topic 808, Collaborative Arrangements, easier to follow. At its October 4 meeting, the FASB unanimously agreed to simplify the guidance to reflect the board’s initial goal of clarifying when partners in a collaborative arrangement must record revenue due to the venture’s cost reductions. The FASB also plans to examine the guidance for transactions that do not generate revenue for the partners, as well as consider guidance for what is the unit of accounting under Topic 808. FASB members and staffers said that the board will not. Read More.

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FASB Working to Fix Inconsistencies of U.S. GAAP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released a proposed Accounting Standards Update to eliminate inconsistencies in parts of the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Impacting various areas in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, the proposed changes will apply to all reporting entities within the scope of the related accounting guidance.  Some of the amendments under Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-320 Codification Improvements, impact: Subtopic 718-740, Compensation—Stock Compensation—Income Taxes: The FASB proposes clarifying that an entity must disclose excess tax benefits (or tax deficiencies) in the reporting period when the tax deduction for compensation expense is taken on its. Read More.

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AICPA Committee Issues 20 Working Drafts for Implementing Revenue Standard

Twenty working drafts have been created to help companies implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee, the draft implementation guides cover eight industries with respect to airlines, healthcare businesses, energy companies, and telecommunications. The working drafts are as follows: Working Draft: Airlines Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #2-5A: Timing and Classification of Commissions in Interline Transactions Working Draft: Airlines Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #2-6G: Changes in the Volume of Mileage Credits Under a Cobranded Credit Card Arrangement Working Draft: Asset Management Revenue Recognition Implementation. Read More.

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REITs Want Clarity on Reporting Maintenance Fees from Tenants

Several office real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) are asking the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to reconsider its lease standard’s reporting requirement concerning maintenance fees that are calculated into a tenant’s rent. In a September 28 letter to the FASB, the REITs responded to the requirement under Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), which would make landlords account for service and maintenance fees separately from the real estate rental. REITs argued that separately accounting for such fees provides minimal benefit to investors and analysts. Kilroy Realty Corp Senior Vice President Merryl Werber highlighted the issue by saying there. Read More.

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