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FASB Wants Public Companies for Segment Reporting Study

Marking the first phase of its segment reporting outreach, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is requesting that public companies participate in a study to improve U.S. GAAP guidance regarding the aggregation of operating segments and the reportable segments method. Specifically, the FASB wants public companies to share how they apply the criteria under FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 280, Segment Reporting, and how two alternatives would impact how their financial statements are presented. One alternative involves reorganizing the process for deciding which operating segments are reported and moving the quantitative thresholds for reportable segments to an earlier stage of. Read More.

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FASB Adds Collections Definition Project to Agenda

At its meeting last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed to undertake a project to revise the definition of “collections.” The FASB will attempt to align the collections definition in its Codification’s Master Glossary with the definition in the American Alliance of Museums’ Code of Ethics for Museums. Specifically, the FASB’s updated definition would include the concept of direct care. The FASB said the definition change should have a prospective application. FASB staff members will draft a proposed Accounting Standards Update with a 45-day comment period. The Misalignment of Collections Definitions project is in response to museums’ struggles to determine the value of art collections and artifacts in complying with the American Alliance of Museums’ policies .

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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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