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Banks and Trade Groups Want More Time to Implement FASB Credit Loss Standard

A few months have passed since bank regulators introduced a proposal to alleviate the regulatory capital impact of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) credit loss standard. Several banks and trade groups, however, believe more time is needed to examine the effects of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. In comment letters to regulators, individual banks and trade groups propose extending the phase-in period of the standard from three years to five years. Representatives from groups like the Independent Community Bankers of America said that the. Read More.

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Smaller Banks Receive Extension on Implementing Credit Loss Standard

After repeated calls for a delay of its new credit loss standard , the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has agreed to give smaller banks an extra year to comply with Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. FASB chairman Russell Golden said the board had always intended to provide these nonpublic business entities additional time to adopt the ASU, but the language insinuated that financial institutions like credit unions and community banks did not have as much time to prepare as was initially envisioned. Golden acknowledged the confusion smaller banks had in implementing ASU No. 2016-13, stating. Read More.

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Proposed Taxonomy Improvements to Impact Leases and Nonprofit Entities

Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) staff members have issued proposed Taxonomy improvements to the following Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”): ASU No. 2018-09, Codification Improvements: Comments on the proposed amendments are due Tuesday, August 14. ASU No. 2018-10, Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases: Comments on the proposed amendments are due Friday, August 17. FASB staff also proposed Taxonomy improvements for the Proposed ASU, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Updating the Definition of Collections. Comments are due Friday, August 10. All comments on the proposed Taxonomy improvements must be emailed to xbrled@fasb.org .

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Arrival of PCAOB Guidance on Credit Loss Model Unknown

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) interpretive guidance for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) new current expected credit losses (“CECL”) model is unlikely to be published before the audit regulator’s proposal on auditing accounting estimates is finalized. Release No. 2017-002, Proposed Auditing Standard—Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements, was issued by the PCAOB to enhance the requirements for auditors examining hard-to-value assets and liabilities such as oil company reserves. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, is effective in 2020, and will require companies,. Read More.

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FASB Issues Guidance on Nonemployee Share-Based Payments

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued new guidance aimed to lower costs and improve financial reporting related to nonemployee share-based payments. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-07, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting, expands on Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation to comprise of share-based payments issued to nonemployees and aligns the accounting of share-based payments to nonemployees and employees. The new standard also replaces Subtopic 505-50, Equity—Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees. The guidance under ASU No. 2018-07 is effective for public companies for fiscal years, as well as interim periods within those years, starting after December. Read More.

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FASB Issues Standard for Contributions

A new Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will have a significant impact on financial statements of entities who receive grants. ASU No. 2018-08, Not-For-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made , differentiates grants and similar contracts with government agencies and others as reciprocal transactions (exchanges) or nonreciprocal transactions (contributions). The new standard also establishes new indicators for when a contribution is conditional. The amendments in ASU No. 2018-08 apply to all entities that receive or distribute contributions, but they do not apply to transfers of assets from governments to companies. Public companies and nonprofits that have issues, or is a conduit bond obligor for,. Read More.

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