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SEC Advisor Speaks on Materiality and Auditor’s Report

At a recent speech for management accountants at a conference in Tulsa, OK, Stephen Deane discussed mini-case studies on policymaking associated with materiality and the independent auditor’s report. Deane, an investment engagement advisor in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of the Investor Advocate, said that the mini-case studies offer insight into the policymaking process and the problems that policymakers face. The mini-case studies also distinguish between outside investors and managers inside the company. During his speech, Deane provided attendees a technical review of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s attempts to establish materiality guidance and the Public Company Accounting. Read More.

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FASB Seeks to Align Accounting Guidance Between Asset Acquisition and Business Combinations

There’s an effort underway by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to look at closing the gap between the accounting standards for business combinations and the accounting standards for acquisition accounting. Because these two sets of accounting guidance are different, businesses are sometimes motivated to structure merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deals in ways that avoid complex accounting. Decreasing the differences between these standards could help make M&A activity more straightforward in the future. This effort is also a continuation of the FASB’s work to more clearly define what a business is for U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Some critics. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Changes to Leases Guidance

Speaking recently on implementation of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) proposed amendments to the transition provisions under Topic 842 for specific land easements that existed prior to Topic 842’s effective date. In particular, optional transition guidance will be provided to a company regarding land easements that occurred before the Topic’s effective date, given that the company does not presently apply Topic 840 to such land easements. Companies are asked to continue applying existing accounting policies for the affected land easements. Once Topic 842 is effective, the new guidance will apply. Read More.

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FASB Grant Accounting Proposal Issued

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is proposing new guidance for contributions made or received by organizations, especially nonprofits. The proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) will help decide whether an organization’s transactions are treated as either a contribution or an exchange. This would be achieved by clarifying guidance on assessing whether a resource provider receives value in exchange for the transferred resources. The proposal also provides an improved framework that helps organizations decide whether a contribution is conditional or unconditional. In addition, the proposed amendments help distinguish between a donor-imposed condition and a donor-imposed restriction. Transfers of assets from a. Read More.

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Survey Shows Doubts over Implementation of Lease Standard

A Big Four accounting firm survey released last week revealed that company executives are doubtful over the implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) lease accounting standard. Nearly half of companies surveyed (47.1 percent) are concerned about applying the guidance under Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), before the 2019 effective date. James Barker, a senior consultation partner for lease accounting for the Big Four firm, noted that companies are working feverishly on implementing the lease accounting guidance. Companies, however, are focusing on implementing the guidance for ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The. Read More.

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Three Revenue Recognition Working Drafts Published

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) recently published the following working drafts featuring proposed implementation guidance for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Engineering & Construction Contractors, Issue #4-4: Uninstalled Materials. This working draft covers accounting for items acquired for a construction project but are not immediately installed. Depository and Lending Institutions Revenue, Issue #5-1; Scope Issues. This working draft covers how guidance under Topic 606 is applied to credit card annual fees, deposit-related charges, and servicing and sub-servicing income. Power & Utility Entities, Issue #13-2: Requirements. Read More.

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