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GASB Proposes Updated Implementation Guide

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) is proposing an Implementation Guide update to help clarify and explain GASB Statements concerning topics such as pensions, tax abatements, cash flow reporting, and management discussions and analysis. Issued as an Exposure Draft, Implementation Guide No. 201Y-X, Implementation Guidance Update—201Y, would amend Implementation Guide No. 2015-1, Questions 1.65.4, 2.14.1, 5.97.2, 5.192.1, 7.9.2, 7.24.7, and 9.24.4, and Implementation Guide No. 2016-1, Implementation Guidance Update—2016, Question 4.77. Comments on the Exposure Draft are due Friday, February 16.

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GASB Releases Fiduciary Activities Article

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) recently published an article covering its new guidance for governmental entities to help identify fiduciary activities, and determine whether and how business-type activities must report fiduciary activities. The article, Statement 84: Understanding Costs and Benefits: Fiduciary Activities, explains the board’s assessment of the expected costs and benefits of GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, and how the GASB concluded that the expected benefits exceed the cost. In addition, the article covers the board’s due process in implementing GASB Statement No. 84 and summarizes the standard’s costs and benefits.

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GASB Issues Exposure Draft for Postemployment Benefits

Proposing implementation guidance regarding postemployment benefits, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has released the exposure draft, Implementation Guide No. 201X-Z: Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (and Certain Issues Related to OPEB Plan Reporting). The proposal aims to offer guidance on the requirements under GASB Statement No. 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions, as amended, and GASB Statement No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans. It also features rules that would eliminate transition-related guidance at the end of the transition period for GASB Statement No.. Read More.

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New GASB Statement on Leases Issued

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued a new single model to help state and local governments report leasing agreements. GASB Statement (“GASBS”) No. 87, Leases, categorizes leases as financing arrangements that allow customers to use the leased asset. Per the standard, governments that act as lessees must report a liability for the contract, as well as report an intangible asset indicating their ability to use the leased item. For government entities that are lessors, they must disclose a receivable for the lease and a deferred inflow of resources. Nonfinancial assets such as vehicles, heavy equipment, and property are. Read More.

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GASB to Issue Debt Disclosures Exposure Draft

An Exposure Draft by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) is on the way covering debt disclosures. The Exposure Draft, Debt Disclosures, including Direct Borrowing, addresses concerns over the consistency of direct borrowing disclosures by government entities. As a result, the GASB has proposed a definition of “debt” to differentiate it from other long-term liabilities in the footnotes of financial statements. The Exposure Draft is expected to be approved later this month, and will have a 90-day comment period. A final GASB Statement is scheduled for next spring. Further details on the Exposure Draft are available on GASB.org.

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GASB Offers Uniform Guidance on Certain Debt Extinguishment

The latest Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement establishes uniform guidance regarding certain debt repayment methods. Issued on May 15, GASB Statement No. 86, Certain Debt Extinguishment Issues, stems from Exposure Draft No. 19-25E, Certain Debt Extinguishment Issues, which was released in August. GASB Statement No. 86 offers state and local governments guidance pertaining to derecognizing debt defeased in substance. When debt is defeased in substance, debt and monetary assets placed in trust do not have to be disclosed in financial statements. However, governments must disclose information about debt defeased in substance in the financial statements’ notes. GASB Statement No. 86 also. Read More.

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