FASB Removes Outdated SEC Interpretive Guidance for Financial Instruments Standard
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-04, Investments — Debt Securities (Topic 320) and Regulated Operations (Topic 980): Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 117 and SEC Release No. 33-9273, which eliminates out-of-date interpretive guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on financial instruments. The change to U.S. GAAP was made in response to ASU No. 2016-01, Financial Instruments — Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities. The U.S. GAAP update is highlighted in Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 117, in which. Read More.
Topics: Accounting Standards Update "ASU", Debt Securities, FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Instruments, Financial Liabilities, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Staff Accounting Bulletin "SAB"
SEC Guidance on Tax Reform Added to FASB Codification
Last month, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) that amends certain Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) guidance under Topic 740 related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. ASU No. 2018-05, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118, adds guidance to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification that answers questions regarding how certain income tax effects from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should be applied to companies’ financial statements. The guidance also lists which financial statement disclosures are required under a measurement period approach. More on ASU No. 2018-05 is available on FASB.org.
Topics: Accounting Standards Update "ASU", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Income Taxes (Topic 740), SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Reform
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 .
FASB Simplifies Provisions in Lease Standard
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has asked its staff to prepare a final draft of an amendment to the board’s lease standard that would simplify how lessors account for specific property leases with recurrent service charges. At its March 28 meeting, FASB members agreed to allow lessors combine receipts from property leases and service income related to those leases by meeting certain requirements. To be accounted for as one, the lease part of the rental arrangement and the service charges need to be bound by the same transfer between the tenant and the landlord. Also, the lease contracts will. Read More.
FASB to Review Backwards Tracing Related to Tax Reform
The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) research team plans to review how the tax code changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) will impact backwards tracing, which is a practice U.S. GAAP currently prohibits. Backwards tracing is a practice in which the impact of a change in a deferred tax credit or charge is included in the same line item wherein the deferred taxes were initially recorded. According to FASB staff member Jason Bond, the board wants to review the costs of backwards tracing and consider alternatives to determine whether the benefits outweigh the costs. Bond remarked. Read More.
FASB to Align Materiality Definition with Other Organizations
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has finalized a two-part plan that involves returning to an older definition of “materiality.” At its March 21 meeting, the board agreed to use the materiality definition stated in Statement of Financial Accounting Concepts (“CON”) No. 2, Qualitative Characteristics of Accounting Information, and add an internal guide to its Concepts Statements to help produce consistent requirements for new U.S. GAAP disclosures. According to the FASB, the concept of materiality under CON No. 2 aligns with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Also. Read More.
Topics: AICPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants "AICPA", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", materiality, Notes to Financial Statements (Topic 235), PCAOB, Proposed Account, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board "PCAOB", Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Statements of Financial Accounting Concepts