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Lease Accounting Proposal to Help Companies with Land Easements

Utility and oil and gas companies could receive new guidance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to help account for land easements. In Proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-290, Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842, the FASB gives companies with land easements what it calls a transition break. The transition break allows companies to forgo reviewing dated contract files to determine whether the transactions must be identified as leases and should be accounted for under ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). When the lease standard goes into effect, new easements must be reviewed. Read More.

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PCC Members Want Consistency on Cloud Computing Guidance

With the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) continuing to research ways to improve guidance for cloud computing accounting, private organizations and their accountants are pushing for a simplified approach. At a September 19 meeting, Private Company Council (“PCC”) representatives expressed to the FASB their desire for the accounting guidance for implementation costs related to setting up cloud-based business software packages to be consistent with the board’s guidance for similar software licenses. Beth van Bladel, a PCC member and director of CFO for Hire LLC, argued in favor of cloud computing being treated similarly as software licensing. van Bladel said she preferred that companies decide on how to organize the contractual agreement based on the terms and. Read More.

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FASB Makes Updates to Technical Agenda

At its September 20 public meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed to add the following three projects to its technical agenda: A project on differentiating liabilities and equity, with a emphasis on indexation and settlement, convertible debt, disclosures, and earnings per share A section of the FASB’s Financial Performance Reporting Research project aimed at the disaggregation of performance reporting by function and nature A narrow-scoped project on segment reporting aimed at improving the aggregation criteria and segment disclosures The addition of these projects completes the last stage of the FASB’s agenda consultation project. Also at the meeting, the. Read More.

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Bank Regulators Add Guidance for FASB Credit Loss Standard

Several bank regulators have updated their interpretive guidance regarding the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) credit loss standard. The revised guidance from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will be added to the December 2016-published frequently asked questions document that explains why the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. The new guidance addresses how to handle subjective information when banks estimate their loss reserves when applying ASU No. 2016-13. In. Read More.

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FASB Looks to Resolve Accounting Issues with Cloud Computing Costs

A solution is in the works to help frustrated organizations account for their cloud computing software costs. At the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee meeting on September 8, Project Manager Jamie Dordik stated that the FASB’s research staff is currently reviewing opportunities to improve transparency of the accounting guidance for expenses associated with implementing cloud computing arrangements. Research staff members are looking at accounting options the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) had considered at its July meeting. In that meeting, the EITF failed to reach a consensus on providing clear cloud computing guidance to businesses. One. Read More.

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SEC Staff Experiences Uptick in Revenue Standard Implementation Questions

As public companies prepare to implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (ASC 606), they are increasingly turning to Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) staff members for implementation guidance. It is being reported that submitted questions concerning the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard increased by one-third last year, largely due to public companies needing assistance with financial reporting. One question submitted to the SEC involves revenue from credit cards. A company asked for guidance on its decision to record revenue from interchange fees that a merchant’s bank pays to the cardholder’s bank. Speaking. Read More.

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