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FASB Issues GAAP Taxonomy Improvements and Implementation Guidance

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued GAAP Taxonomy improvements and implementation guidance concerning the following Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”): ASU No. 2018-03, Technical Corrections and Improvements to Financial Instruments—Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities 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  (SEC Update) ASU No. 2018-05, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118 (SEC Update) More on these Taxonomy Improvements is available on. Read More.

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FASB Staff to Resume Performance Reporting Research

As work on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) performance reporting project continues, FASB members have asked their research staff to review reporting practices related to the costs linked to generating revenue. At the FASB’s March 28 meeting, board members shared their interest in gaining a better understanding of which information in income statements can and cannot be disaggregated. Members also want the FASB’s research staff to look into the issue without limiting the options for the project’s completion. The research staff is expected to meet with financial executives regarding their reporting practices and ask investors and securities analysts which. Read More.

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FASB Removes Outdated SEC Interpretive Guidance for Financial Instruments Standard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to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 117 and SEC Release No. 33-9273, which eliminates out-of-date interpretive guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on financial instruments.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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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