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IFRS Foundation Issues Draft Guidance for SMEs

The International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) Foundation is requesting feedback related to its draft guidance regarding the IFRS for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) Standard. Announced in a June 26 press release , the draft guidance is in a question-and-answer format and was authored by the SME Implementation Group. The draft guidance includes answers on how a parent company should disclose a financial guarantee in its financial statements. Comments on the draft guidance are due Friday, September 1.

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The New Revenue Recognition World

By: Michael Brown, Senior Manager The effective date for the new revenue recognition standard is fast approaching and will be here before we know it. By now, you have probably heard speculation about the impact of the standard to your company. Speculation has been from no impact at all to the world is going to be entirely different post implementation. As always, the reality is somewhere in the middle. Generally speaking, for the government contracting industry, the end result of when and how much revenue is recognized will be similar as in the past or at least should not significantly. Read More.

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Standard Setters Still at Odds over Lease Project

At their July 23rd joint meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) resumed efforts to converge U.S. GAAP and IFRS. In particular, the top focus was FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and IASB’s Exposure Draft (ED) No. 2013-6, Leases. Conflicted on recognizing the gains for sale-leaseback transactions, the boards continue to have opposing attitudes toward their lease accounting project. During the meeting, FASB agreed to allow sellers of assets to recognize the full gain from the time of the transaction. On the conflicting end, IASB agreed to let. Read More.

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Corp Fin’s Higgins Responds to Lawmakers’ IFRS Questions

With tension mounting among lawmakers requesting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) propose a rule on IFRS adoption, Keith Higgins addressed the agency’s consideration of the international standards. At the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises on July 24th, the director of SEC’s Corporation Finance Division referenced Mary Jo White’s May speech by reiterating her expectations to use IFRS more aggressively and have a clear strategy on the standards by year’s end. Higgins, however, did not mention whether U.S. companies would have the option to adopt IFRS. Reflecting a letter sent by members of. Read More.

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IASB Releases IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

Announced on Thursday , the International Accounting Standards Board issued IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, the final component of its response to the financial crisis. Effective January 1, 2018, IFRS 9 features a logical model for classification and measurement, an “expected loss” impairment model and a reformed method to hedge accounting. Originally planned to be a convergence project with the FASB, Financial Instruments was one project where the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and IASB were unable to come to agreement. The FASB is currently working to finish its project on classification & measurement as well as impairment. Early application of IFRS 9 will. Read More.

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FASB and IASB Merging Utilities Industry Standards Not Likely

After attempts to merge utilities industry standards with the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) member Thomas Linsmeier recently announced that U.S. GAAP and IFRS differences have created challenges that make potential future convergence projects unlikely. At an accounting conference last month, Linsmeier referenced the FASB and IASB’s heavy investment in utilities financial reporting, and their preference in the U.S. GAAP’s cost-of-service model. However, the IASB is considering other models that differ from Topic 980, Regulated Operations, a decades-long model which offers standards for utilities that recognize regulated assets and liabilities within the industry. Further, the. Read More.

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