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Employee Benefit Plans Excluded from Disclosure Framework

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) moves forward with finalizing its disclosure framework, the board has decided to exclude employee benefit plans from the guidance. Agreed upon at its October 4 meeting, the FASB said confirmed that employee benefit plans will not be evaluated similarly as other entities when the board decides whether they are required to disclose certain information. The decision was based on the FASB’s belief that an employee benefit plan’s financial statements and its users are significantly different from organizations to allow for possibly different reporting considerations. While most FASB members agreed with this sentiment, Christine. Read More.

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FASB to Clarify Guidance for Collaborative Arrangements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will seek ways to make its guidance under Topic 808, Collaborative Arrangements, easier to follow. At its October 4 meeting, the FASB unanimously agreed to simplify the guidance to reflect the board’s initial goal of clarifying when partners in a collaborative arrangement must record revenue due to the venture’s cost reductions. The FASB also plans to examine the guidance for transactions that do not generate revenue for the partners, as well as consider guidance for what is the unit of accounting under Topic 808. FASB members and staffers said that the board will not. Read More.

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FASB Working to Fix Inconsistencies of U.S. GAAP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released a proposed Accounting Standards Update to eliminate inconsistencies in parts of the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Impacting various areas in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, the proposed changes will apply to all reporting entities within the scope of the related accounting guidance.  Some of the amendments under Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-320 Codification Improvements, impact: Subtopic 718-740, Compensation—Stock Compensation—Income Taxes: The FASB proposes clarifying that an entity must disclose excess tax benefits (or tax deficiencies) in the reporting period when the tax deduction for compensation expense is taken on its. Read More.

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REITs Want Clarity on Reporting Maintenance Fees from Tenants

Several office real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) are asking the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to reconsider its lease standard’s reporting requirement concerning maintenance fees that are calculated into a tenant’s rent. In a September 28 letter to the FASB, the REITs responded to the requirement under Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), which would make landlords account for service and maintenance fees separately from the real estate rental. REITs argued that separately accounting for such fees provides minimal benefit to investors and analysts. Kilroy Realty Corp Senior Vice President Merryl Werber highlighted the issue by saying there. Read More.

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Revenue Standard Could Have Major Impact on Software Industry

With the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) new revenue recognition rules becoming effective in three months, the Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) could have a major effect on the bottom lines of companies in the software industry. Under ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), software companies will have to recognize more revenue when the sale occurs. However, companies in the software industry have long-term arrangements with customers, meaning revenue is usually recognized over the life of the contract. One software company already feeling the impact is Microsoft, which was an early adopter of the standard. Under the. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Reorganizing Consolidation Guidance

To address concerns over the organization of the guidance under Topic 810, Consolidation, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently issued Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Consolidation (Topic 812): Reorganization. The proposal reorganizes certain components within the FASB’s consolidation guidance and includes for illustrative purposes the amendments under the Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Consolidation (Topic 810): Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities. The FASB would reorganize the consolidation guidance under Topic 810 into a new Topic featuring the following two Subtopics for variable interest entities and voting interest entities: Subtopic 812-20, Consolidation—Variable Interest Entities Subtopic 812-30, Consolidation—Voting. Read More.

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