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New FASB Standard Impacts Master Trust Investments

Updates have been issued regarding the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) master trust investments guidance. The amendments in Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-06, Plan Accounting: Defined Benefit Pension Plans (Topic 960); Defined Contribution Pension Plans (Topic 962); Health and Welfare Benefit Plans (Topic 965): Employee Benefit Plan Master Trust Reporting, primarily deal with an employee benefit plan reporting its interest in a master trust. The amendments address diversity in practice regarding the presentation of master trust investments in the statement of net assets available for benefits. For every master trust wherein an employee benefit plan holds an interest, the interest. Read More.

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Nonfinancial Assets Guidance to Coincide with FASB Revenue Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) latest Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) clarifies guidance to help determine when gains and losses on nonfinancial assets should be recognized. Issued as ASU No. 2017-05, Other Income—Gains and Losses From the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets (Subtopic 610-20): Clarifying the Scope of Asset Derecognition Guidance and Accounting for Partial Sales of Nonfinancial Assets, the amendments clarify the term “in substance nonfinancial asset” to inform financial reporting professionals which transactions are part of the nonfinancial asset derecognition guidance. The FASB had failed to define the term in ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic. Read More.

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FASB Goodwill Impairment Standard Issued

Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) published Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-04, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other: Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment. A result of the Simplification Initiative, the standard simplifies how a company tests goodwill for impairment by eliminating “Step 2”, which measures impairment loss by comparing the carrying amount of goodwill to its implied fair value. In its news release, the FASB said the ASU will allow companies to measure goodwill impairment as the excess of the reporting unit’s carrying value over its fair value. Stakeholders had complained that the current impairment test creates. Read More.

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FASB Announces Top Priorities for 2017

After issuing several key Accounting Standards Updates and announcing new board members last year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is preparing for a busy 2017. In a five-minute video, FASB Technical Director Sue Cosper outlines the FASB’s top priorities for this year. The FASB’s top priorities for 2017 include: Finalizing the hedging and long-duration insurance standards; Supporting the implementation of its revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses standards; Potential improvements to nonprofit financial reporting, particularly distinguishing between exchanges and contributions; and Redeliberating feedback on the Invitation to Comment and continuing to focus on its Conceptual Framework. Click here to watch the video.

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Nonprofits Receive Updated Consolidation Reporting Guidance

Helping nonprofits with consolidated reporting disclosures, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-02, Not-for-Profit Entities—Consolidation (Subtopic 958-810): Clarifying When a Not-for-Profit Entity That Is a General Partner or a Limited Partner Should Consolidate a For-Profit Limited Partnership or Similar Entity. ASU No. 2017-02 clarifies when nonprofits that are general partners should consolidate their holdings in a for-profit limited partnership. The ASU will move the current content from Subtopic 810-20, Consolidation—Control of Partnerships and Similar Entities, that was deleted in ASU 2015-02 and move it to Subtopic 958-810 for nonprofits. The FASB says the. Read More.

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FASB Lease Standard Meets its First Test

Defining what qualifies as a lease could be the first obstacle for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). During a discussion at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments last month, panelists debated how varying arrangements are disclosed under the updated lease definition. One Big Four firm partner said some lease arrangements aren’t clearly stated, making it difficult for those receiving or providing a service. Xcel Energy’s Richard Briggs also seeks clarity in the lease definition, saying his company will have to determine whether some arrangements with farmers to install. Read More.

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