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FASB Issues Staff Q&A Documents on Tax Reform

Four recently issued Staff Q&A documents from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) address implementation topics associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The documents follow the January 11 issuance of a Staff Q&A that addresses whether private entities and nonprofits can apply Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118. The new Staff Q&As are as follows and are accessible on the FASB’s Accounting for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act website: Whether to Discount the Tax Liability on the Deemed Repatriation Whether to Discount Alternative Minimum Tax Credits That Become Refundable Accounting for the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax Accounting for Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income

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FASB Proposes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Guidance

A proposed Accounting Standards Update has been issued reflecting provisions resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) proposal addresses concerns over present Generally Accepted Accounting Principles requiring companies to amend deferred tax liabilities and assets after changes to tax laws or rates. The proposed amendments are expected to reduce the stranded tax effects related to the corporate income tax rate change and improve the helpfulness of information shared with financial statement users. According to Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-210, Income Statement — Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects. Read More.

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Task Force to Release Consensus-for-Exposure on Cloud Computing Implementation Costs

Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) members plan to release a consensus-for-exposure concerning EITF Issue No. 17-A, “Customer’s Accounting for Implementation, Setup, and Other Upfront Costs (Implementation Costs) Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is Considered a Service Contract.” The consensus-for-exposure is likely to address income statement alignment of implementation costs expensed with other expenses related to a cloud computing contract. The EITF has yet to announce whether the changes from Issue 17-A can be applied via analogy to contracts outside of the project’s scope. Such contracts include those that allow the use of intangible assets. In related news, the. Read More.

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FASB Q&A Issued for Staff Accounting Bulletin on Tax Reform

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has published a Staff Q&A regarding whether private entities and nonprofits can apply Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 118 (Topic 5.EE, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). In its Staff Q&A, the FASB says it does not oppose private entities and nonprofits applying the Securities and Exchange Commission’s interpretive guidance for tax reform . The document also notes that such companies and organizations that employ SAB No. 118 would comply with GAAP. SAB No. 118 was issued in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The guidance allows an entity, in certain situations, to include in its financial statements. Read More.

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SEC Official Asks Public Companies to Focus on Key FASB Standards

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) official Michael Dusza is advising public companies to consider how the adoption of several standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) could impact their financial reporting controls. During a speech last month in Washington D.C., Dusza stressed that the accounting changes for revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses are likely to create significant challenges when public companies test internal controls during the adoption phase. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), is effective January 1, 2018 for public business entities. ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), will be. Read More.

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New SEC Interpretive Guidance Addresses Tax Reform

In response to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has released interpretive guidance to help public companies and auditors adapt to the tax changes and comply with accounting for income taxes. The first guidance is in the form of Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 118 (Topic 5.EE, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Under SAB No. 118, companies preparing their 2017 fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial statements and regulatory filings will be allowed to provide what the SEC calls “reasonable estimates” and “provisional amounts” for tax-related line items.. Read More.

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