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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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SEC Announcement Added to FASB Codification

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently announced the issuance of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-03, Accounting Changes and Error Corrections (Topic 250) and Investments – Equity Method and Joint Ventures (Topic 323): Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to Staff Announcements at the September 22, 2016 and November 17, 2016 EITF Meetings. The amendments update the FASB Codification for the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Staff Announcement regarding the following standards: ASU No. 2014- 09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit. Read More.

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FASB Lease Standard Meets its First Test

Defining what qualifies as a lease could be the first obstacle for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). During a discussion at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments last month, panelists debated how varying arrangements are disclosed under the updated lease definition. One Big Four firm partner said some lease arrangements aren’t clearly stated, making it difficult for those receiving or providing a service. Xcel Energy’s Richard Briggs also seeks clarity in the lease definition, saying his company will have to determine whether some arrangements with farmers to install. Read More.

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FASB Nonprofit Council to Discuss Standard-Setting Projects

A web conference is scheduled today involving the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and its Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (the “Committee”). The meeting will provide the Committee an opportunity to discuss recent accounting issues impacting nonprofit organizations. Committee members will also have a chance to offer feedback on the FASB’s latest projects. In particular, the FASB wants the Committee’s input on projects such as the revenue recognition of grants and contracts, nonprofit limited partnerships consolidation, and the proposed amendments to the disclosure of net periodic pension costs and net periodic postretirement benefit costs. The board is also interested in how nonprofit. Read More.

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