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FASB Task Force Addresses Cloud Computing Accounting Issue

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) has resolved a longstanding accounting issue concerning the costs for setting up various types of cloud-managed business services. During its October 12 meeting, the EITF affirmed that customers of cloud computing arrangements must account for them similarly to a software license for a large business application with Subtopic 350-40, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software. Last week’s decision could lead to an accounting change to U.S. GAAP. If so, the final amendment will allow companies to capitalize more costs related to installing cloud services such as employee training and creating interfaces. Read More.

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PCC Members Want Consistency on Cloud Computing Guidance

With the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) continuing to research ways to improve guidance for cloud computing accounting, private organizations and their accountants are pushing for a simplified approach. At a September 19 meeting, Private Company Council (“PCC”) representatives expressed to the FASB their desire for the accounting guidance for implementation costs related to setting up cloud-based business software packages to be consistent with the board’s guidance for similar software licenses. Beth van Bladel, a PCC member and director of CFO for Hire LLC, argued in favor of cloud computing being treated similarly as software licensing. van Bladel said she preferred that companies decide on how to organize the contractual agreement based on the terms and. Read More.

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FASB Looks to Resolve Accounting Issues with Cloud Computing Costs

A solution is in the works to help frustrated organizations account for their cloud computing software costs. At the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee meeting on September 8, Project Manager Jamie Dordik stated that the FASB’s research staff is currently reviewing opportunities to improve transparency of the accounting guidance for expenses associated with implementing cloud computing arrangements. Research staff members are looking at accounting options the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) had considered at its July meeting. In that meeting, the EITF failed to reach a consensus on providing clear cloud computing guidance to businesses. One. Read More.

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Separating Fact from Fiction About Cloud Technology: Part 2

It might seem like every company on the planet is migrating to “the cloud” – but does that mean every business should be connected to the cloud? Is cloud computing right for every company – or have its benefits been overstated? In Part 1 of “Separating Fact from Fiction About Cloud Technology,”  we examined some of the logistical features of cloud computing that make work easier for people, such as being able to connect remote teams and giving startups and small companies more affordable access to big-company business services. Part two of this series is going to look at the technical features of cloud computing, as we take the time. Read More.

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Separating Fact from Fiction About Cloud Technology: Part 1

Is every company on the planet really migrating to “the cloud” – that magical place where data and applications live, so we mortals can have instant access to everything from trivia facts to client databases on our phones and laptops? Cloud computing has gone from being a trendy novelty to a necessity – even a way of life. We connect to the cloud every time we check social media, use GPS, or work on projects in Google Drive or Office 365. Cloud computing is popular, because it has some clear advantages for businesses and even makes day-to-day life a little. Read More.

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Recap of Private Company Council’s July 11 Meeting

Private Company Council (“PCC”) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) members met Tuesday to discuss stakeholder feedback from the June 13 private company town hall meeting. In addition, the PCC offered input on the following FASB projects: Consolidation Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities Liabilities and Equity—Targeted Improvements Cloud Computing (EITF Issue No. 17-A) Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting Improvements Invitation to Comment on Agenda Consultation Balance Sheet Classification of Debt Updates on these FASB projects and a full meeting recap are available on the PCC website.

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