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Highlights from GASB’s January Meeting

During a two-day meeting last month at its offices in Norwalk, Connecticut, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) discussed the following topics: Leases. The GASB tentatively decided that the Exposure Draft, Leases, should include governments with principal ongoing operations consisting of leasing assets to other entities. Such governments should be required to disclose upcoming lease payments that are part of the lease receivable, presenting principal and interest separately. Blending Requirements for Certain Component Units. After reviewing a preballot draft of a final Statement, Blending Requirements for Certain Component Units, the GASB made clarifying revisions on the draft document. Irrevocable Split-Interest. Read More.

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GASB Proposes Single Approach for Lease Reporting

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued a proposal that would create a single model for state and local governments to report leases on their financial statements. The approach would be based on the notion that leases are financings of the right to use an underlying asset. Exceptions like short-term leases and financed purchases are given in the draft guidance, but the proposed Statement would cover lease contracts for nonfinancial assets such as vehicles, heavy equipment and buildings. Grants, donated assets and leases of intangible assets, however, would be excluded from the guidance. Per the Exposure Draft, Leases , a lessee government. Read More.

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Lawmakers Want SEC to Take Cautious Approach to IFRS

Concerned that U.S. adoption of IFRS would do more harm than good for investors, members of the Congressional Caucus on CPAs and Accountants recently expressed their sentiments to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Mary Jo White. In a letter to the SEC Chair, the lawmakers asked White to be cautious in the agency’s convergence projects with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), as well as incorporate public comment before making a decision. In response to the lawmakers’ letter, a spokeswoman for the SEC declined to comment. Since becoming SEC Chair last year, White. Read More.

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FASB and IASB Seek Lease Standards Publication Next Year

Hoping to publish final standards late next year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) will restart discussions this fall on their lease accounting project. It is anticipated that the final standards will be based on FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and the IASB’s Exposure Draft No. 2013-6, Leases. Both proposals were published in 2013. Before completing work on their project, the FASB and IASB must resolve several disagreements on proposed changes to accounting in U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards. Such disagreements include how to handle accounting for. Read More.

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