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FASB Issues Guidance on Consolidated Collateralized Financing Entities

Issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-13, Consolidation (Topic 810): Measuring the Financial Assets and the Financial Liabilities of a Consolidated Collateralized Financing Entity, applies to any reporting entity required to consolidate a collateralized financing entity under the Variable Interest Entities guidance when: (1) the reporting entity measures all of the financial assets and the financial liabilities of that consolidated collateralized financing entity at fair value in the consolidated financial statements; and (2) the changes in the fair values of those financial assets and financial liabilities are reflected in earnings. As defined under. Read More.

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Standard Setters Still at Odds over Lease Project

At their July 23rd joint meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) resumed efforts to converge U.S. GAAP and IFRS. In particular, the top focus was FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and IASB’s Exposure Draft (ED) No. 2013-6, Leases. Conflicted on recognizing the gains for sale-leaseback transactions, the boards continue to have opposing attitudes toward their lease accounting project. During the meeting, FASB agreed to allow sellers of assets to recognize the full gain from the time of the transaction. On the conflicting end, IASB agreed to let. Read More.

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Updated Conceptual Framework Proposal Comment Letter Approved

During its July 15th teleconference, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) approved an updated draft comment letter related to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Proposed Statement of Financial Accounting Concepts (CON) No. 2014-200, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting-Chapter 8: Notes to Financial Statements. Despite not providing official guidance to users of financial statements, the proposal offers guidelines for writing U.S. GAAP disclosure requirements. Signed by FinREC’s Richard Paul and Rick Day, the seven-page letter orders FASB to review current disclosure requirements, and remove repetitive disclosures and insufficient information. Per the letter, the simplification of disclosures will. Read More.

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Lawmakers Want SEC to Take Cautious Approach to IFRS

Concerned that U.S. adoption of IFRS would do more harm than good for investors, members of the Congressional Caucus on CPAs and Accountants recently expressed their sentiments to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Mary Jo White. In a letter to the SEC Chair, the lawmakers asked White to be cautious in the agency’s convergence projects with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), as well as incorporate public comment before making a decision. In response to the lawmakers’ letter, a spokeswoman for the SEC declined to comment. Since becoming SEC Chair last year, White. Read More.

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FASB Backs Task Force’s Recent Meeting Decisions

Reflecting decisions from its Emerging Issues Task Force’s June meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) approved two Accounting Standards Updates. Per its meeting yesterday, the FASB will release Issue No. 12-G, “Measuring the Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities of a Consolidated Collateralized Financing Entity”, and Issue No. 13-F, “Accounting for the Effect of a Federal Housing Administration Guarantee.”

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PCC Orders FASB to Conduct Further Pre-Agenda Research

After reviewing various projects the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) has been working on, the Private Company Council (“PCC”) recently ordered the FASB staff to perform additional research to be discussed at a later meeting. At its Tuesday meeting, the PCC continued talks on an alternative accounting for recognizable intangible assets in a business combination however, no decisions were made. In addition, the group discussed the accounting for certain partnership transactions, and shared stakeholder involvement with the FASB regarding stock-based compensation. Other topics covered from the meeting included FASB’s financial instruments impairment accounting efforts, Emerging Issues Task Force Issue No.. Read More.

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