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Survey Reveals Slow Revenue Standard Implementation

Over 70 percent of 300 major public businesses in the U.S. have yet to upgrade their accounting systems in preparation for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s revenue recognition standard. In a survey conducted by one of the Big Four firms, one-third of respondents said their company are facing implementation challenges and could fall behind schedule. Reasons companies reported for falling behind implementation efforts include insufficient funding or staff, problems interpreting the revenue standard’s technical requirements, and issues collecting data. Public companies have six months to comply with Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Survey officials believe. Read More.

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FASB Approves Hedge Accounting Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will move forward with a new accounting standard to simplify hedge accounting guidance. Voted on last Wednesday, the standard will refine and expand hedge accounting for financial and commodity risks. In addition, the standard will help investors and analysts by improving transparency to the presentation of economic results in financial statements. Speaking on the new guidance, FASB Chairman Russell Golden said the standard will enhance the alignment of accounting rules with an entity’s risk management activities and simplify hedge accounting. The final Accounting Standards Update is scheduled for an August release. For public companies,. Read More.

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FASB Clarifies the Customer in Service Concession Arrangements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is providing relief to companies confused about who is the customer in a service concession arrangement. Issued as Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-10, Service Concession Arrangements (Topic 853): Determining the Customer of the Operation Services, the new guidance states that the grantor is the customer in service concession arrangements. Public companies, in addition to nonprofits that have issued, or are a conduit bond obligor for, securities traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market and an employee benefit plan that submits financial statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission, must apply. Read More.

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Decisions Reached on Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity Project

At its May 10 meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) reached the following decisions on its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (Topic 480): I. Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Down Round Features, and II. Replacement of the Indefinite Deferral for Mandatorily Redeemable Financial Instruments of Certain Nonpublic Entities and Certain Mandatorily Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests with a Scope Exception: Display (Earnings Per Share). Impacting companies within the scope of Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, an earnings per share (“EPS”) numerator modification will be required to income offered to common shareholders in basic EPS for equity-classified freestanding financial instruments. Additionally,. Read More.

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Forthcoming Accounting Guidance Updates to Impact Nonprofits

Some of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Updates will certainly have an effect on nonprofit organizations. As the standards’ effective dates draw near, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) has highlighted five standards nonprofits should become familiar with: Going concern requirements Consolidation requirements Simplifying the presentation of debt issuance costs Fair value disclosures when net asset value per share is used Inventory measurement More on these standards is available on AICPA.org. In addition, Cherry Bekaert’s Melisa Galasso will host an AICPA webinar on April 25 to offer nonprofits guidance on these Accounting Standards Updates.

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FASB Member Questions Revenue Standard

Last week during a meeting of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, FASB member Lawrence Smith expressed uncertainty about Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Smith said that implementation of the revenue recognition standard will be of significant costs to companies, and the FASB would’ve been better off making targeted improvements to its revenue guidance instead of a complete rewrite. He also noted that smaller accounting firms and companies do not have experts to help with the standard or Codification. As a result, those firms and companies are making mistakes because they are. Read More.

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