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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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Restricted Cash Amendments Approved

Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash, has been issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The new amendments cover diversity in practice when companies with restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents must disclose any changes on cash flow statements. Impacted companies must now explain the change in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts usually labeled as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. Such amounts are to be included with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling both the beginning and end of period total amounts disclosed on cash flow statements. ASU. Read More.

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FASB November 9th Meeting Recap

Progress was made last week concerning two of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) key projects. During its November 9 meeting, the FASB agreed that early application of its upcoming Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) for clarifying the definition of a business will be allowed for certain transactions prior to the standard’s issuance date. Staff members were ordered to draft the final ASU for vote. Furthermore, the FASB agreed to restore the consolidation guidance previously under Subtopic 810-20, Consolidation—Control of Partnerships and Similar Entities. The guidance will be reinstated under Subtopic 958-810, Not-for-Profit Entities—Consolidation, and impacts nonprofit entities when adopting the. Read More.

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The ASBCA Issues Two CAS Decisions

By: John Ford , Senior Consultant, Government Contractor Services Group Recently, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA” or “the Board”) issued two decisions relating to the Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”) that should be of interest to contractors. In the first decision, Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, ASBCA No. 58608 (August 19, 2016), the Board decided that the contracting officer had abused her discretion by failing to consider all the factors listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) 9903.305 in determining whether increased costs to the government resulting from an accounting practice change were material. As a large contractor doing billions. Read More.

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