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Revenue Recognition

By: Brynn McNeil, Partner Revenue is critically important in the financial statements of companies. Thus, revenue recognition remains a priority for regulators and the accounting profession as a whole. Implementing the new revenue recognition standard, Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, will likely be the most significant and comprehensive change in many years for most companies. The core principle of FASB ASC 606 is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for. Read More.

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FASB to Revisit Segment Reporting Standard

As investors and analysts’ frustrations continue over segment reporting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to improve the consistency and application of its guidance. The FASB wants to amend Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 280, Segment Reporting, which requires businesses to disclose information regarding management’s decision-making process and methods for reviewing segment performance. The standard also lists disclosure requirements on products and services, geographic regions, and a company’s top customers. Investors complain that the standard’s disclosure requirements can be excessively wide-ranging. They also say that the current guidance forces companies to group too many operating units, which makes it difficult. Read More.

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Limited Proposal Coming for Payments in Collaborative Arrangements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to issue for public comment a limited proposal that clarifies when to account for payments in collaborative arrangements as revenue. The proposed amendment to Topic 808, Collaborative Arrangements, would state that certain transactions between collaborative partners that are separate from third-party sales can create revenue that is accounted for consistent with Topic 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. FASB members unanimously approved releasing the proposal after reviewing feedback from its December workshops with auditors and companies. Members rejected calls for more specific guidance, stating that it would be tough to establish such guidance for. Read More.

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FASB Finalizes Standard Related to Tax Reform

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) concerning certain stranded income tax effects in accumulated other comprehensive income caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. ASU No. 2018-02, Income Statement—Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income, gives financial statement preparers the option to reclassify stranded tax effects in accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings in every period wherein the impact of the new corporate income tax rate in the new tax law (or portion thereof) is recognized. As a result of the new guidance,. Read More.

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Simplified Transition to Lease Standard Offered for Land Easements

Thanks to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) latest Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), companies with land easements contracts should have an easier time applying the board’s lease standard. ASU No. 2018-01, Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842, offers a simplified transition to ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), for businesses with the right to use another entity’s land for purposes such as running pipelines or burying transmission wires. The amendments ensure that businesses can successfully transition to ASU No. 2016-02 without impacting the information investors receive about land easements. The FASB addresses the issue. Read More.

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FinREC Releases Working Drafts for Implementing Revenue Standard

Last week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) issued industry-specific working drafts featuring proposed guidance for implementing Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). The working drafts, which could be added to Audit and Accounting Guide: Revenue Recognition, are as follows: Aerospace and Defense Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue # 1-5: Transfer of Control on Non-US Federal Government Contracts — Clarification on Whether a Contract Priced at a Loss Could Qualify for Over Time Recognition in Accordance with FASB ASC 606-10-25-27(c): This proposal clarifies FinREC. Read More.

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