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FASB Continues Discussions on Disclosure Framework Project

During a discussion at last Wednesday’s meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) made the following decisions on proposed FASB Concepts Statement, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting—Chapter 8, Notes to Financial Statements: Nonprofits and private companies must be retained on the notes to financial statements. A discussion on the possible negative consequences of disclosures will be included. The disclosure of changes in line items not easily understood will be considered. The disclosure of alternative measures clearly useful in reviewing prospects for future cash flows will be considered. No disclosure objectives were established without giving specific requirements on how those objectives. Read More.

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Decisions from FASB’s January 25 Meeting

In addition to making progress on its hedge accounting project , the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) made decisions at its January 25 meeting on the following projects: Agenda Consultation. After reviewing feedback on its Invitation to Comment, Agenda Consultation, and discussing research to conduct on intangible assets, pensions and other postretirement benefit plans, and distinguishing liabilities from equity, the FASB made no technical decisions. The FASB plans to discuss feedback on reporting performance and cash flows at a later meeting. Disclosure Framework: Disclosure Review—Income Taxes. No technical decisions were made concerning the summary of comments the FASB received regarding the proposed Accounting Standards Update, Income Taxes. Read More.

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Additional Income Tax Disclosures Proposed

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) wants to increase the disclosure requirements for income taxes. In its Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Disclosure Framework – Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Income Taxes, the FASB recommends all entities add the following disclosures: An explanation of a tax law amendment that is likely to impact the entity in a later period. Income or losses from ongoing operations previous to income tax expenses or benefits separated between domestic and foreign. Income tax expenses or benefits from ongoing operations separated between domestic and foreign. Income taxes paid separated between domestic. Read More.

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FASB to Meet Twice This Week

According to its Notice of Open Meetings , the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is scheduled to hold the following meetings next week: Wednesday, June 1st: The FASB will meet to review the Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement, the proposed Concept Statement for presentation, and its project to improve the financial statements of nonprofits. If time permits, the meeting will conclude with an open discussion on minor issues concerning technical projects or administrative affairs. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EST. Friday, June 3rd: The FASB Academic. Read More.

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Disclosure Framework Review Necessary before Finalizing Materiality Guidance

Before the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) finalizes proposed changes to the materiality guidance, Russell Golden says the board must complete a thorough review of its disclosure framework project. Speaking recently at the Financial Accounting Foundation’s quarterly meeting, the FASB chairman told attendees that the standard setter plans to evaluate all phases of its project to update the disclosure requirements under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) by the end of the year. The review is expected to be finished by year’s end, with final changes to the materiality guidance scheduled for a 2017 release. In September, the FASB. Read More.

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Notice of FASB Open Meetings for March 2nd and 3rd

This week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has two meetings scheduled at its offices in Norwalk, Connecticut. Available via video and/or audio webcast on the standard setter’s Web site and YouTube channel, the meetings are as follows: Wednesday, March 2nd: FASB Board Meeting; begins at 9:00 a.m., EST. Topics include the NFP financial statement project as well as the disclosure framework. Thursday, March 3rd: Emerging Issues Task Force Meeting; begins at 8:30 a.m., EST. This meeting will discuss Issue No. 16-A, “Restricted Cash.” Further meeting and registration details are available on the FASB Notice of Meetings page .

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