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FASB Amends Guidance for Reporting Pension Costs

Later this year, some companies will be required to change the way they present expenses related to retirement benefits. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-07, Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost, which is intended to improve the presentation of pension costs. The amended guidance requires companies to report expenses for employees’ pensions under the same line as other compensation costs. The other pension-related expenses mentioned in FASB ASC 715-30-35-04, Compensation—Retirement Benefits — Defined Benefit Plans — Pension — Subsequent Measurement . Read More.

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FASB Makes Technical Corrections to Accounting Guidance

Amendments to key parts of U.S. GAAP were announced this week by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Issued as Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-19, Technical Corrections and Improvements, the amendments relate to several topics in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. FASB Chairman Russell Golden says the changes are narrow in scope and should be easy for reporting entities to understand and implement. The following amendments in ASU No. 2016-19 impact all reporting entities: Subtopic 715-30, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Pension, and Subtopic 715-60, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Other Postretirement, and Topic 944, Financial Services—Insurance. ASU No. 2016-19 advises uniform use. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Changes to Employee Benefit Plan Reporting

The Financial Accounting Standards board (“FASB”) has proposed amendments that would impact how entities disclose employee benefit plan master trusts. Issued as proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), 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, the proposal would help clarify the presentation of a plan’s interest in a master trust while also requiring additional disclosures of the plan’s interest. The proposal would also eliminate redundancy of the Sec. 401(h) disclosure requirements. Comments on the proposed ASU are due Monday, September 26.. Read More.

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Exposure Drafts on Retirement Benefits Issued

Announced on January 26th , the following Exposure Drafts have been issued by the Financial Standards Accounting Board: Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost . Proposed ASU, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20): Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans . Comments on these Exposure Drafts are due Monday, April 25th. Electronic Feedback Forms are available to submit comments regarding the proposed ASUs on Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715) and Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20) .

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