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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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FASB Makes Technical Corrections to Accounting Guidance

Amendments to key parts of U.S. GAAP were announced this week by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Issued as Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-19, Technical Corrections and Improvements, the amendments relate to several topics in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. FASB Chairman Russell Golden says the changes are narrow in scope and should be easy for reporting entities to understand and implement. The following amendments in ASU No. 2016-19 impact all reporting entities: Subtopic 715-30, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Pension, and Subtopic 715-60, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Other Postretirement, and Topic 944, Financial Services—Insurance. ASU No. 2016-19 advises uniform use. Read More.

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Final Overtime Rule on Hold

A November 22 preliminary injunction has blocked the Final Overtime Rule scheduled to become effective Thursday. Last week’s ruling by Federal Judge Amos Mazzant determined that the Department of Labor overstepped its authority by amending the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay. The overtime rule would have increased the salary level for exempt white collar employees to $913 per week. Nearly two dozen governors and attorneys general challenged the overtime rule. Judge Mazzant sided with the plaintiffs, saying that the Department of Labor could not create a distinct standard for overtime eligibility. The Department of Labor is likely. Read More.

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