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Companies Seek More Guidance on Adopting FASB Leases Standard

Before the year ends, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) intends to take another look at Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). According to FASB Chairman Russell Golden, the board will likely consider revising the method companies must use when transitioning to the new leases standard, how landlords determine common area maintenance charges in rent payments, and updates to disclosures regarding leases in foreign currency and short-term lease expense. The standard, which requires balance sheet disclosures regarding a company’s assets and liabilities related to rented property and equipment, has raised questions concerning whether companies are prepared to implement. Read More.

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Materiality Proposal Receives Praise and Criticism

Comment letters on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) materiality proposal reveal mixed sentiment among companies, investors and consumer groups. Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-310, Notes to Financial Statements (Topic 235): Assessing Whether Disclosures Are Material, would establish materiality as a legal concept to help companies determine what information to include in their financial statement footnotes. Numerous companies have voiced their support of the plan. Comcast Corp., for instance, said the proposed clarification to the definition of materiality would be consistent with the FASB’s efforts of making disclosures more useful for investors. Another supporter, Financial Executives International, commented that. Read More.

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