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FASB Continues U.S. GAAP Simplification Initiative

Hoping to streamline inventory measurement and remove the requirements for extraordinary items, the Financial Accounting Standards Board recently released two proposed Accounting Standards Updates. The proposals, which are part of FASB’s efforts to simplify U.S. GAAP , include: — Inventory (Topic 330): Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory. This proposal is in response to stakeholder concerns about the current guidance on measuring inventory. Currently, reporting entities are required to measure inventory at the lower of cost or market. The new guidance would require inventory to be measured at the lower of cost and net realizable value. Thus, it would eliminate existing requirements to consider the replacement cost. Read More.

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AICPA Releases Updates to AAG Standards and Audit Risk Alert

Published on June 26th, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) issued updates to five Audit and Accounting Guides (“AAG”). The AAG updates include the following: Compilation and Review Engagements now offers interpretive guidance on recent adjustments to the Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services for compilation and review engagements. The Construction Contractors update includes simplified versions of the Auditing Standards Board’s audit standards and Professional Ethics Executive Committee’s Ethics Code of Professional Conduct. Investment Companies reflects modifications to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2013-08, Financial Services-Investment Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement, and Disclosure Requirements, the. Read More.

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ASU Related to Performance Targets Issued by the FASB

Due to an agreement regarding its Emerging Issues Task Force, the Financial Accounting Standards Board has released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-12, Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period. Effective for annual and interim periods within periods starting after December 15, 2015, the ASU’s amendments require a performance target that impacts vesting and can be attained after the requisite service period be handled as a performance condition. When calculating the award’s grant-date fair value, the performance target should not be considered. The compensation. Read More.

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FinREC to Create Accounting Guide for Revenue Recognition Standards

Planned for a mid-2016 release, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) is working on an accounting guide for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board’s (“IASB”) recently issued revenue recognition standards. The guide will assist accountants’ implementation of FASB’s Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and the IASB’s IFRS 15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Additionally, the guide will offer insightful tips, examples and what high impact industries should consider when implementing the standards. There will also be sessions in all AICPA conferences and. Read More.

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Frequently Asked Questions on ASU 2014-02

Since posting our alert , we’ve started to receive some questions about Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-02. In response, we’ve taken the most popular questions and turned them into a FAQ. We hope you enjoy. Q: So what does ASU 2014-02 do? A: If a private company, as defined, makes an accounting policy election to adopt the goodwill alternative allowed by this ASU, existing goodwill (on a prospective basis) and all newly created goodwill will no longer be subjected to annual impairment testing. Instead, goodwill will be amortized over 10 years or a shorter life if that is more representative. In. Read More.

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A Push for Fewer Discontinued Operations

Overview In April 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-08, Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity. Starting as a short-term convergence project with the International Accounting Standards Board in 2006, the end result was a multiyear effort to identify what events truly should qualify as a discontinued operation. The ASU changes the criteria for reporting a discontinued operation, which should reduce the number of items reported below income from continuing operations. Also, the ASU reduces the implementation guidance while increasing disclosure requirements. Strategic Shift? One criticism about the previous. Read More.

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