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GASB Forms Going Concern Consultative Group

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has formed a consultative group to assist with its research in the reassessment of the going concern disclosures of GASB Statement No. 56, Codification of Accounting and Financial Reporting Guidance Contained in the AICPA Statements on Auditing Standards. Appointed by David Vaudt, the consultative group will offer guidance and feedback to GASB staff members during the research process, as well as review drafts of the research materials. The full list of the going concern consultative group members is available on the GASB website.

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GASB Issues New Guidance for Pension Accounting Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued guidance to improve consistency regarding the application of its recent pension standards. GASB Statement No. 82, Pension Issues, addresses implementation issues concerning: GASB No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans; GASB No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions; and GASB No. 73, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions and Related Assets That Are Not Within the Scope of GASB Statement 68. Specifically, the amendments focus on the presentation of payroll upon which pension plan contributions are based in the supplementary information of financial statements. The new guidance also clarifies that a. Read More.

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GASB Issues Implementation Guide No. 2016-1

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has published Implementation Guide No. 2016-1, Implementation Guidance Update–2016 (Implementation Guide), to address questions concerning newly issued GASB Statements on fair value and tax abatement disclosures. Effective for reporting periods starting after June 15, 2016, the Implementation Guide also covers issues on other topics the GASB has been made aware of, and reinstates previous questions and answers that were updated for recently issued standards on pensions and other postemployment benefits. Implementation Guide No. 2016-1 is available on the GASB Web site.

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GASB Issues Standard for Irrevocable Split-Interest Agreements

Yesterday, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) issued GASB Statement No. 81, Irrevocable Split-Interest Agreements. Statement No. 81 addresses when irrevocable split-interest agreements represent an asset for reporting purposes when the resources are managed by a third party. The standard also offers guidance for situations in which the government is the asset holder. GASB Chairman David Vaudt said the guidance will lead to more consistent accounting for irrevocable split-interest agreements and give users access to more comparable information. Government entities are required to apply the new guidance retroactively for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Early application is encouraged.. Read More.

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GASB Statement on Blending Component Units into Financial Statements Issued

Offering guidance on how certain nonprofit component units should be disclosed in financial statements, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued GASB Statement No. 80, Blending Requirements for Certain Component Units. GASB Statement No. 80 clarifies the display requirements in GASB Statement No. 14, The Financial Reporting Entity, by calling for these component units to be incorporated into the main state or local government’s financial statements similarly to a department or activity under the primary government. The new guidance also focuses on reducing diversity in practice concerning the presentation of nonprofit organizations wherein the primary government is the lone. Read More.

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GASB Proposes Guidance for Fiduciary Activities, Certain Asset Retirement Obligations & Pension Issues

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) recently issued the following three Exposure Drafts: Fiduciary Activities. This Exposure Draft would provide state and local governments guidance on what is considered fiduciary activities, the identification of liabilities to beneficiaries, and how to report fiduciary activities. The proposal would also improve consistency and comparability of fiduciary activity reporting, as well as the usefulness of fiduciary activity information in regard to assessing the responsibility of governments in their fiduciary roles. Comments on Fiduciary Activities are due Thursday, March 31st. Certain Asset Retirement Obligations. This Exposure Draft would provide guidance on how to determine the. Read More.

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