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Companies Seek More Guidance on Adopting FASB Leases Standard

Before the year ends, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) intends to take another look at Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). According to FASB Chairman Russell Golden, the board will likely consider revising the method companies must use when transitioning to the new leases standard, how landlords determine common area maintenance charges in rent payments, and updates to disclosures regarding leases in foreign currency and short-term lease expense. The standard, which requires balance sheet disclosures regarding a company’s assets and liabilities related to rented property and equipment, has raised questions concerning whether companies are prepared to implement. Read More.

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What Will Be the Impact of the Construction Worker Shortage?

The construction industry has a big problem that’s costing businesses and consumers alike, adding thousands of dollars and delays to almost every project. On the surface, things should be great. Business is booming. Homebuilding and large-scale construction projects are in demand. However, the problem is – there aren’t enough people to do the work. That has everyone asking, what will be the impact of the construction worker shortage? How We Got Here There’s a shortage of skilled labor in construction right now, because: The construction workforce is aging. Not enough young people are choosing careers in construction to replace retiring. 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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Survey Shows Doubts over Implementation of Lease Standard

A Big Four accounting firm survey released last week revealed that company executives are doubtful over the implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) lease accounting standard. Nearly half of companies surveyed (47.1 percent) are concerned about applying the guidance under Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), before the 2019 effective date. James Barker, a senior consultation partner for lease accounting for the Big Four firm, noted that companies are working feverishly on implementing the lease accounting guidance. Companies, however, are focusing on implementing the guidance for ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The. Read More.

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Roaring Twenties Nomination Period is Now Open

Do you know a South Carolina-based company that is a catalyst for growth? Nominate them for this year’s South Carolina Roaring Twenties awards, hosted by SC Biz News (“SCBIZ”) and Cherry Bekaert LLP! The annual awards celebrate the success of thriving middle-market companies in South Carolina. Twenty large companies and 20 small companies will be selected and honored at an event on Thursday, October 19, as well as featured in the winter issue of SCBIZ magazine. To nominate a fast-growing company in South Carolina , visit the SC Biz News website. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 21. For questions about the Roaring Twenties awards, please. Read More.

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