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FASB Codification Topic on U.S. Steamship Entities Nixed

A new Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) removes Topic 995, U.S. Steamship Entities, from its Codification. The amendments under ASU No. 2017-15, Codification Improvements to Topic 995, U.S. Steamship Entities: Elimination of Topic 995, impact entities with unrecognized deferred taxes linked to statutory reserve deposits made on or before December 15, 1992. The FASB is eliminating the guidance due it no longer being relevant. ASU No. 2017-15 is effective for fiscal years and first interim periods starting after December 15, 2018. Entities will be allowed to adopt the amendments early, including in an interim. Read More.

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New AICPA Technical Questions and Answers Issued

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued a new Technical Question and Answer (“TQA”) and amendments for TQA Section 2220, Long-Term Investments. The new TQA, Section 2220.28, Definition of Readily Determinable Fair Value and Its Interaction With the NAV Practical Expedient, features amendments to TQA section 2220.18, “Applicability of Practical Expedient.” It eliminates TQA section 2220.24, “Disclosures—Ability to Redeem Versus Actual Redemption Request” and TQA section 2220.25, “Impact of ‘Near Term’ on Categorization Within Fair Value Hierarchy.” Section 2220.28 also offers guidance in understanding and applying the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) FASB Master Glossary definition “readily. Read More.

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FASB Working to Fix Inconsistencies of U.S. GAAP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released a proposed Accounting Standards Update to eliminate inconsistencies in parts of the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Impacting various areas in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, the proposed changes will apply to all reporting entities within the scope of the related accounting guidance.  Some of the amendments under Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-320 Codification Improvements, impact: Subtopic 718-740, Compensation—Stock Compensation—Income Taxes: The FASB proposes clarifying that an entity must disclose excess tax benefits (or tax deficiencies) in the reporting period when the tax deduction for compensation expense is taken on its. Read More.

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Consolidation Amendments Proposed to Help Private Companies

Giving private companies an easier way to apply its guidance for consolidation reporting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-240, Consolidation (Topic 810): Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities. The proposed changes to Accounting Standards Codification 810, Consolidation, exempts private companies from using guidance on variable interest entities for certain common control lease arrangements and related legal structures. Instead, private companies must use an accounting policy alternative for other businesses under common control that follow the same criteria. Only some common control arrangements, however, would qualify for the alternative. The. Read More.

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PCAOB Considering Revenue Recognition Interpretive Guidance for Auditors

Auditors could receive interpretive guidance on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard. Last month, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) Chief Auditor Martin Baumann said a project is in the works to determine what type of guide the board should release concerning Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606). To help public companies implement ASU No. 2014-09, Baumann remarked that the PCAOB is considering releasing an Audit Practice Alert. The PCAOB staff has already reviewed Staff Audit Practice Alert (“APA”) No. 12, Matters Related to Auditing Revenue in an Audit of. Read More.

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Project to Improve Structure of FASB’s Codification Underway

A Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) group is undertaking a project to make improvements to the board’s Accounting Standards Codification. Led by the FASB’s Technical Corrections and Improvements project team, the project will focus on reorganizing the structure of the Codification’s content. All guidance in the Codification will remain untouched. Most changes will impact the industry Topics. Some Topics will be simplified to reflect superseded guidance, which often caused parts of remaining guidance left among lengthy passages of outdated guidance. The overlapping Topic structure from several industry Topics will also be eliminated, creating a more user-friendly structure. The planned changes will. Read More.

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