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FASB Moves Forward on Projects without IASB

Unable to agree with the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to move forward independently on two projects. As part of its meeting agenda this week, the FASB will address the projects by focusing on making smaller improvements to U.S. GAAP rather than entire rewrites. For its project on accounting for insurance liabilities, the upcoming meeting will pick up from the FASB’s April discussion when the decision was made to improve disclosures regarding the liabilities agreed upon by property-and-casualty insurance companies. The FASB has indicated disclosures could require information such as losses, claim reserves,. Read More.

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ASU 2014-05 – Agreeing on Service Concessions Agreements

The Bottom Line Published January 23rd, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) released Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-05, Service Concession Arrangements (Topic 853) — a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force, in response to an increase in public sector entities (i.e. governmental bodies) entering into service concession agreements with operating entities who follow U.S. GAAP. The overall conclusion of this ASU is that these types of arrangements should not be considered leases within the scope of ASC 840. What is a Service Concession Arrangement? A service concession arrangement (“SCA”) is an arrangement between a public sector entity (the. Read More.

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IASB and FASB Announce Joint Revenue Standard

Issued today, the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) have released a joint standard on revenue recognition from contracts with customers. This is a major accomplishment of the work to converge a key area of financial accounting between International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S. GAAP. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09 provides enhancements to the quality and consistency of how revenue is reported. The IASB and FASB’s new standard will require the recognition of revenue as goods or services are transferred to customers in amounts that reflect payment the company expects to receive in exchange. In addition. Read More.

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SEC’s White Speaks at Trustees Dinner

At the May 20th Financial Accounting Foundation Trustees Dinner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White reflected on global accounting standards matters concerning the SEC. During the event in Washington, D.C., she hinted that the SEC is still considering the addition of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) for domestic registrants. Although no timetable was given for when the issue would be addressed, White noted that the interests of U.S. investors would be front and center during the IFRS consideration process. White also supported the opinions expressed by other SEC members. Such views included the country’s role in. Read More.

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FAF’s Annual Report Shares Upcoming Plans

Released late last week, the Financial Accounting Foundation’s (“FAF”; “the Foundation”) 2013 Annual Report details future plans for the Foundation, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”). Named “The Road Ahead”, the report features a thorough overview of last year’s achievements by the FAF, FASB and GASB, and talks about their plans ahead. The Foundation’s plans for the FASB and GASB consist of: Guiding the FASB forward after its current projects with the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) are done; Encouraging a global standard-setting environment where the FASB continues its efforts with the IASB and. Read More.

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Next FAF Quarterly Meeting Set for May 21st

Providing updates to the Foundation’s trustees, the Financial Accounting Foundation (“FAF”; “the Foundation”) will hold its quarterly meeting on May 21st. Taking place in Washington D.C., the meeting will discuss recent accounting standard-setting happenings by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”). FAF Chairman Jeffrey Diermeier, and President and CEO Teresa Polley, FASB Chairman Russell Golden and GASB Chairman David Vaudt are scheduled to share their reports, as well as the FAF’s Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee Chairman and treasurer. Along with the updates, the Foundation plans to review concerns over its estimated $3 million donation. Read More.

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