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Drug Companies Want FASB to Postpone Lease Standard

Nine pharmaceutical companies seek a one-year delay in the effective date of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). In a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), the companies said the new guidance for embedded lease agreements creates complications in implementing the standard before the 2019 effective date for public companies. Specifically, the pharmaceutical companies face issues with meeting the lease standard’s requirement of determining the fair value of an embedded lease contract. Drug makers regularly work with third-party manufacturers to make medicine or medicine ingredients. The contract could include an implicit asset that might be identified. Read More.

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How Startups Can Account for SAFE/KISS Agreements under GAAP

Finding a way to raise capital that doesn’t have a lot of risk attached to it is a big, keep-you-up-at-night concern for startups. Conventional capital-raising tools, such as convertible notes and shares of stock, come with risks and significant costs for entrepreneurs and business owners. These risks can include losing operating control of the company they built or having to pay back large amounts of debt to investors even if the company fails, to name only two. A new mechanism for raising capital early in a startup’s development is something called a simple agreement for future equity, or more commonly. Read More.

Planning for the New Business Interest Expense Deduction Limitation

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, some important changes have been made with respect to the deductibility of business interest expense for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under prior law, business interest expense was generally deductible in the year in which the interest was paid or accrued, except that corporations were subject to certain limitations under IRC Section 163(j) (“the earnings stripping rules”). TCJA created a new limitation, which replaces the “earnings stripping rules” and applies to all businesses, regardless of form, on the deductibility of net. Read More.

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FinREC Proposes Industry-Specific Implementation Guidance for Revenue Standard

Five working drafts have been issued to help several industries implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The working drafts were published earlier this month and are as follows: Healthcare Industry: Health Care Entities Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #8-10: Performance Obligations Telecommunications Industry: Telecommunications Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #15-6: Impact of Enforceable Rights and Obligations on Contract Term Nonprofits Industry: Not-for-Profit Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #11-5: Not-for-Profit Subscriptions and Membership Dues Time-Share Industry: Time-Share Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #16-8: Allocating the Transaction Price & Transfer of Control and Time-Share Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #16-10: Contract Costs Produced by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”), the proposed guidance will become part of the next version of the Audit and Accounting Guide: Revenue Recognition. Comments on the working drafts are due February 1, 2018.

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Agency Discovers Revenue Standard to Significantly Impact Software Companies

Moody’s Investor Service says the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) long-awaited revenue recognition standard will have a significant impact on the software industry. In a report issued on November 14, the credit rating agency found that the FASB’s standard will allow for faster recognition of revenue for numerous software companies. The result, according to Moody’s Vice President and Senior Accounting Analyst David Gonzales, is a drastic shift in revenue. Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), introduces a streamlined method wherein most companies must disclose the top line in their financial statements. This method replaces several. Read More.

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AICPA Revenue Recognition Task Force Issues Exposure Drafts

In response to Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) Revenue Recognition Task Force has issued the following revenue recognition exposure drafts for comment: Brokers and Dealers Issue 3-4: Underwriting Revenues Telecommunications Issue 15-8 – Determining the Transaction Price Comments on the exposure drafts are due January 2, 2018. The AICPA is seeking comment on the issues. The comment period ends January 2, 2018.

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