New SEC Interpretive Guidance Addresses Tax Reform
In response to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has released interpretive guidance to help public companies and auditors adapt to the tax changes and comply with accounting for income taxes. The first guidance is in the form of Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) No. 118 (Topic 5.EE, Income Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Under SAB No. 118, companies preparing their 2017 fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial statements and regulatory filings will be allowed to provide what the SEC calls “reasonable estimates” and “provisional amounts” for tax-related line items.. Read More.
Topics: Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations "C&DIs", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Income Taxes (Topic 740), Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", Staff Accounting Bulletin "SAB", Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Reform
FASB to Delay Amended Income Tax Guidance
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is taking a wait-and-see approach before finalizing its income tax disclosure guidance. An FASB spokesperson said the board wants to await the outcome of Congress and the Trump administration’s income tax reform legislation prior to approving Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-270, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Disclosure Framework — Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Income Taxes. The move is to ensure the FASB’s proposed amendments to income tax disclosures stay relevant. The FASB also plans to hold off on making additional changes to the guidance under Topic 740, Income Taxes. The FASB spokesperson. Read More.
Eliminating Steamship Entities Guidance Proposed
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued a proposal that would replace Topic 995, U.S. Steamship Entities. The Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Technical Corrections and Improvements to Topic 995, US Steamship Entities: Elimination of Topic 995, was created because the guidance in Topic 995 has become irrelevant. FASB Statement No. 109, Accounting for Income Taxes, allows steamship entities that made statutory reserve deposits prior to December 15, 1992, to voluntarily disclose their deferred taxes. The board believes steamship entities with statutory reserve funds should report all deferred taxes according to Topic 740, Income Taxes. In addition, the FASB deems. Read More.
FASB to Propose Removal of Outdated Guidance
Amendments to the disclosure requirements for deferred taxes will be proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Announced on May 3, the planned changes are part of the FASB’s technical corrections project to remove outdated or flawed accounting requirements from U.S. GAAP. The proposed changes are limited in scope since the guidance is out-of-date and few companies will be impacted. One proposal could include eliminating from the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification rules that impact privately held fishing vessel owners. The deferred tax credit reporting rule under ASC 995-740-50-2, U.S. Steamship Entities — Income Taxes — Disclosure, originally established for. Read More.
Decisions from FASB’s January 25 Meeting
In addition to making progress on its hedge accounting project , the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) made decisions at its January 25 meeting on the following projects: Agenda Consultation. After reviewing feedback on its Invitation to Comment, Agenda Consultation, and discussing research to conduct on intangible assets, pensions and other postretirement benefit plans, and distinguishing liabilities from equity, the FASB made no technical decisions. The FASB plans to discuss feedback on reporting performance and cash flows at a later meeting. Disclosure Framework: Disclosure Review—Income Taxes. No technical decisions were made concerning the summary of comments the FASB received regarding the proposed Accounting Standards Update, Income Taxes. Read More.
Topics: Agenda Consultation, Disclosure Framework, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Income Taxes (Topic 740), Intangible Assets, Invitation to Comment, liabilities and equity, Other Postemployment Benefits "OPEB", pensions
Guidance for Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Amended
Providing relief for reporting the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) just issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-16, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory. Per the Update, a company must disclose in its financial reporting the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset when the transfer occurs. This is a change from existing GAAP, which does not allow the recognition of current and deferred income taxes for such transfers until the asset is sold to an outside party. The standard does not introduce new disclosure. Read More.