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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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Small Business Committee Wants Goodwill Accounting Changes

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Small Business Advisory Committee is pushing for additional changes to the standard setter’s guidance for acquired goodwill. At a meeting last week, committee members said they want the FASB to provide the same simplified accounting approach to goodwill that private companies receive. Over the years, Topic 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other, has caused headaches among many financial professionals. Public companies must conduct an impairment test at least once a year to check for declines in goodwill value. If a value drop occurs, companies are required to take an impairment charge that usually indicates overpayment. Read More.

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FinREC Proposes Industry-Specific Implementation Guidance for Revenue Standard

Five working drafts have been issued to help several industries implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The working drafts were published earlier this month and are as follows: Healthcare Industry: Health Care Entities Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #8-10: Performance Obligations Telecommunications Industry: Telecommunications Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #15-6: Impact of Enforceable Rights and Obligations on Contract Term Nonprofits Industry: Not-for-Profit Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #11-5: Not-for-Profit Subscriptions and Membership Dues Time-Share Industry: Time-Share Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #16-8: Allocating the Transaction Price & Transfer of Control and Time-Share Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #16-10: Contract Costs Produced by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”), the proposed guidance will become part of the next version of the Audit and Accounting Guide: Revenue Recognition. Comments on the working drafts are due February 1, 2018.

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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 to Release Standard and Propose Transition Guidance on Leases

A final Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) and a proposed standard by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) aim to lower costs and make it easier for preparers to implement its leases guidance. The FASB will issue a final standard that gives organizations an optional transition practical expedient to reconsider their accounting for current land easements that are not presently accounted for in Topic Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 840, Leases. The standard also affirms that once the guidance is active, new or modified land easements must be reviewed under ASC Topic 842, Leases. Separately, FASB staffers were ordered to draft a. Read More.

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Gary Buesser Appointed to FASB

Financial Accounting Foundation Chairman Charles Noski has announced that Gary Buesser will replace outgoing Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Marc Siegel next year. A director and research analyst of a global firm, Buesser has more than 30 years of experience covering investment management with financial statements. He is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and served for two years as a co-chairman of the board’s Investor Technical Advisory Committee. Buesser will take Siegel’s seat on the FASB effective July 1, 2018.

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