Decisions Reached on Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity Project
At its May 10 meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) reached the following decisions on its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (Topic 480): I. Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Down Round Features, and II. Replacement of the Indefinite Deferral for Mandatorily Redeemable Financial Instruments of Certain Nonpublic Entities and Certain Mandatorily Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests with a Scope Exception: Display (Earnings Per Share). Impacting companies within the scope of Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, an earnings per share (“EPS”) numerator modification will be required to income offered to common shareholders in basic EPS for equity-classified freestanding financial instruments. Additionally,. Read More.
Topics: Accounting Standards Update "ASU", Distinguishing Liabilities (Topic 480), Earnings Per Share (Topic 260), Equity (Topic 505), FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", liabilities and equity
FASB Clarifies Lease Accounting Guidance
In a follow-up to its November 30, 2016, meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) staff responded to stakeholder feedback on Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). At its May 10 meeting, FASB staff answered questions concerning the following aspects of the new leases guidance: Pipeline Laterals. The FASB affirmed that the new guidance considers a pipeline lateral as an identified asset. The FASB also advised companies to base their evaluation on a pipeline lateral on whether the customer can acquire all the economic benefits from the identified asset, and is able to instruct use of that identified asset.. Read More.
FASB Task Force to Address Cloud Computing
The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Emerging Issues Task Force (“Task Force”) has been ordered to investigate how companies should account for cloud computing services. Announced on May 10, the Task Force must address whether businesses should consider cloud computing setup fees as assets that are amortized throughout the life of the contract, or should the fees be recognized as an expense during the period they are incurred. The FASB is pushing for clarity on a growing concern among businesses with cloud computing contracts for company-wide applications like enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management. Board member Harold Monk said. Read More.
FASB to Update Definitions for Key Accounting Concepts
At its May 3 meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) voted to expand efforts to update its Conceptual Framework. The decision impacts potential updates to Concepts Statement (“CON”) No. 6, Elements of Financial Statements, which provides definitions for key financial reporting concepts like assets, liabilities, and revenues. Board members also agreed to preserve the goal of financial reporting as mentioned in CON No. 8, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting—Chapter 1, the Objective of General Purpose Financial Reporting. Viewed as the main characteristic of the Conceptual Framework, the chapter says that a financial reporting’s objective is to offer useful financial. Read More.
SEC Chief Accountant Advises Against Credit Loss Standard Delay
In an unexpected move, Wesley Bricker warned banks not to drag their feet when implementing the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) credit loss standard. At Baruch College’s Annual Financial Reporting Conference, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) chief accountant shared his general concerns over Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. Although Bricker provided few details, he did highlight how critical it is for implementation of the standard to be correct. Bricker also remarked that some bankers have approached him with their own concerns. In response, he advises. Read More.
Topics: FASB, FASB credit loss standard, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326), Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Transition Resource Group "TRG"
FASB to Propose Removal of Outdated Guidance
Amendments to the disclosure requirements for deferred taxes will be proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Announced on May 3, the planned changes are part of the FASB’s technical corrections project to remove outdated or flawed accounting requirements from U.S. GAAP. The proposed changes are limited in scope since the guidance is out-of-date and few companies will be impacted. One proposal could include eliminating from the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification rules that impact privately held fishing vessel owners. The deferred tax credit reporting rule under ASC 995-740-50-2, U.S. Steamship Entities — Income Taxes — Disclosure, originally established for. Read More.