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Public Companies Urged to Use Revenue Standard Panel’s Meeting Minutes

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard prepares to take effect in 2018, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chief Accountant James Schnurr is pushing public companies to follow the guidance in the Transition Resource Group’s (“TRG”) meeting minutes when implementing Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. At last week’s SEC Speaks conference, Schnurr said while the TRG’s conclusions are not authoritative, companies should still use them in practice. Additionally, any alternative approach a company takes must be communicated to the SEC. FASB Vice Chairman and TRG Co-Chairman Jim Kroeker praised Schnurr’s comments,. Read More.

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IASB Bows Out of Revenue Standard Advisory Panel

The International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) has withdrawn participation from future meetings of the Transition Resource Group (“TRG”), the advisory panel assigned to address questions concerning its revenue recognition standard. Announced last month, the IASB said it was done making changes to International Financial Reporting Standards 15, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, and was ready for businesses to begin the implementation process. Moving forward, the IASB will make itself available for consultation if necessary. In the meantime, the Financial Accounting Standards Board will continue participation with the advisory panel in regard to its revenue recognition standard, Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts. Read More.

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Joint Transition Resource Group Preps Agenda for Initial Meeting

Following the creation of its Joint Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition (“the Group”) last month, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) are preparing for the advisory panel’s first meeting. Scheduled for July 18th, the meeting’s agenda will cover four issues identified by the boards. Based on feedback from companies, auditors, investors and regulators, the issues addressed during the meeting include: Calculating intangible goods and services revenue; Modifying revenue for additional fees and charges; Including royalties and intellectual property licenses into a revenue amount; and Incorporating amortization or write-down expenses into a revenue amount. Read More.

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FASB and IASB Form Joint Transition Resource Group

Announced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), the Joint Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition (“the Group”) will notify both boards of any issues businesses experience when implementing new guidance. Group members consist of financial statement preparers, auditors and users from various industries and locations, and public and private organizations. Scheduled to meet for the first time on July 18th, the Group will hold two meetings this year and four next year. All meetings will be open to the public, and co-chaired by the FASB and IASB’s vice chairmen. Although the Group will. Read More.

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