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GASB Article Focuses on Leases Standard

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has published an article on GASB Statement No. 87, Leases. Titled “Understanding Costs and Benefits,” the article covers the board’s assessment of the likely costs and benefits of its leases standard. The article also discusses how the GASB concluded that the expected benefits validate the costs, explains the board’s due process in approving Statement 87, and summarizes how governments should apply Statement 87. Issued in June 2017, GASB Statement No. 87 introduces a simplified approach to accounting for and disclosing leases by state and local governmental entities. The GASB based its standard on the belief that leases are. Read More.

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GASB Seeks Feedback on Revenue and Expense Recognition Models

In its recently issued Invitation to Comment, Revenue and Expense Recognition, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) requests feedback on a new revenue and expense recognition model. This comprehensive model would help state and local governments address various transactions and improve their comparisons of transaction accounting and reporting. The model will also provide financial report users more insightful information for making decisions and evaluating accountability. The Invitation to Comment discusses the following two models: Exchange/Nonexchange Model: This model’s classification process is based on the current definition of exchange transactions. The model’s recognition process would rely on current guidance for nonexchange. Read More.

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Implementation Guide on Other Postemployment Benefits Issued

A recently issued Implementation Guide by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) offers guidance with GASB Statements regarding other postemployment benefits (“OPEB”). The guide, Implementation Guide No. 2017-3 , Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (and Certain Issues Related to OPEB Plan Reporting), answers questions related to the requirements under GASB Statement No. 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions. Also addressed are several issues concerning GASB Statement No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans. Download Implementation Guide No. 2017-3 from GASB.org.

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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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Guidance Proposed on Capitalization of Interest Cost

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) wants to update guidance on construction period interest costs. In its Exposure Draft, Accounting for Interest Cost during the Period of Construction , the GASB proposes expensing interest costs incurred during the construction period. For financial statements prepared using the current financial resources measurement focus, interest incurred during the construction period would still be categorized as an expenditure on a basis in line with governmental fund accounting principles. If approved, the finalized GASB Statement would be applied to reporting periods starting after December 15, 2018. Early application is encouraged. Comments on the Exposure Draft are due March 5, 2018.

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GASB Prepping Other Postemployment Benefits Implementation Guidance

Before the year ends, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) is expected to release implementation guidance regarding other postemployment benefits (“OPEB”). The guidance will cover accounting and financial reporting for OPEB, as well as address issues concerning OPEB plans. Learn more about the upcoming OPEB implementation guidance at GASB.org.

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