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Survey Shows Doubts over Implementation of Lease Standard

A Big Four accounting firm survey released last week revealed that company executives are doubtful over the implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) lease accounting standard. Nearly half of companies surveyed (47.1 percent) are concerned about applying the guidance under Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), before the 2019 effective date. James Barker, a senior consultation partner for lease accounting for the Big Four firm, noted that companies are working feverishly on implementing the lease accounting guidance. Companies, however, are focusing on implementing the guidance for ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The. Read More.

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SEC Gives Certain Companies Additional Year to Adopt Key FASB Standards

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Deputy Chief Accountant Sagar Teotia has announced that companies that fail to meet the public business entity definition, separate from being required to include financial statements with their filings of public business entities, will receive an additional year to adopt the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition and lease standards. Decided at the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force meeting last week, Teotia said his staff will not object to the affected companies complying with Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), and ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842),. Read More.

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Minor Changes Proposed to Top Accounting Standards

In the next few months, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to issue proposed updates with several limited revisions to its leases and classification and measurement standards. Announced during the FASB’s June 21 meeting, the proposed amendments will be released separately from the usual group of technical corrections the board issues each year due to the importance of the affected Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”). The changes involve 16 amendments to ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), including fixing cross references, aligning terminology with other aspects of U.S. GAAP, and clarifying the categorization of leases if the terms and conditions. Read More.

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FASB Member Says No Major Accounting Changes Coming

In the last 18 months, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”) for leases, credit losses, and revenue recognition. FASB member Christine Botosan, however, stated last week that the board has no immediate plans to publish additional major accounting changes. During the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Not-for-Profit Conference in Maryland, Botosan assured attendees by announcing the board’s plans to pause on adding major accounting standards to its agenda. Botosan said the FASB is considering undertaking other significant accounting projects, but is also aware of how much effort goes into complying with ASU No.. Read More.

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FASB Clarifies Lease Accounting Guidance

In a follow-up to its November 30, 2016, meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) staff responded to stakeholder feedback on Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). At its May 10 meeting, FASB staff answered questions concerning the following aspects of the new leases guidance: Pipeline Laterals. The FASB affirmed that the new guidance considers a pipeline lateral as an identified asset. The FASB also advised companies to base their evaluation on a pipeline lateral on whether the customer can acquire all the economic benefits from the identified asset, and is able to instruct use of that identified asset.. Read More.

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Basel Committee Issues Lease Accounting Guidance

Last week, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued interpretative guidance for the Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board’s upcoming lease accounting changes. Presented as frequently asked questions, the guidance relates to Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), and International Financial Reporting Standards 16, Leases. Specifically, the three questions cover how new assets and liabilities are disclosed on bank balance sheets due to the FASB and IASB’s changes to accounting for a company’s rented office space and equipment. The first question says that a leased intangible asset should be exempt from the regulatory capital calculation.. Read More.

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