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GASB Issues Exposure Draft on Majority Equity Interests

New accounting and financial reporting guidance could be on the way for state and local governments with a majority equity interest in an organization that is legally separate following acquisition. In its recently issued Exposure Draft, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Majority Equity Interests,  the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) proposes that a government’s majority equity interest in a legally separate organization could be disclosed as an investment if the equity interest falls under the board’s definition of an investment. The equity method would be applied to majority equity interests that fit the definition of an investment, with the exception of certain situations. If a majority equity interest in a. Read More.

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Revised White Paper Issued on Governmental and Business Financial Reporting

Helping distinguish between governmental and business financial reporting, a revised White Paper has been issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”). The White Paper, Updated: Why Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Is—and Should Be—Different , elaborates that the difference between governmental accounting and reporting standards and the standards for for-profit businesses require independent standards so that the information provided meets the needs of stakeholders when assessing government accountability, as well as to help make political, social and economic decisions. The White Paper also provides guidance on specific questions that typically arise regarding why general purpose governments cannot use accounting standards developed for for-profit businesses. Download the White Paper from the GASB website.

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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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AICPA Publishes New Technical Questions and Answers

The following Technical Questions and Answers guidance was issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) under Section 9160, Other Reporting Issues: Section 9160.31, Following Accounting Standards as Promulgated by FASB by a State or Local Governmental Entity. Section 9160.31 covers how an auditor should decide whether a government entity is following the applicable accounting standards. Section 9160.32, Reporting on Accounting Standards as Promulgated by FASB by a State or Local Government. Section 9160.32 offers guidance on how an auditor should report on a government entity’s financial statements, when the entity prepares its financial statements under the Financial. Read More.

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GASB Issues Exposure Draft on Debt Disclosures

On Wednesday, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) released an exposure draft that proposes guidance to improve debt-related disclosures in financial statements. Issued as Certain Disclosures Related to Debt, including Direct Borrowings and Direct Placements , the Exposure Draft offers guidance that would state which liabilities governments must disclose in their financial statements. Such liabilities include direct borrowings and direct placements. The proposed guidance would describe debt for disclosure purposes as a liability arising from a contractual requirement to pay cash or other assets to resolve a fixed amount at the date of the established contractual obligation. Leases and trade accounts payable would receive exemption from the guidance. In addition, the new. 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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