Forthcoming Revenue Standard Proposal to Help Nonprofits
New Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) guidance could make it easier for nonprofits to record revenue from grants and donations with restrictions. On June 7, the FASB unanimously agreed on a proposal to help nonprofits differentiate between a condition and a restriction in U.S. GAAP for received grants and donations. Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606) removed guidance on “exchange” transactions. Furthermore, many nonprofit organizations have had trouble distinguishing between a condition and restrictions. To address the matter, the FASB will clarify that when a gift comes with a donor-imposed condition, the agreement must. Read More.
Topics: Accounting Standards Update "ASU", Charitable Giving, FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Nonprofits, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), Revenue Recognition, U.S. GAAP
Executive Order Ends Enforcement of Johnson Amendment
President Trump has signed an Executive Order directing the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce the Johnson Amendment. Announced last week, the Executive Order ensures that tax-exempt organizations will not be penalized for engaging in certain political activities. The Johnson Amendment was introduced in 1954 to discourage tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activity.
North Carolina Passes Government-Nonprofits Contracting Reform
Earlier this month, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a regulatory reform bill that would allow the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Division to review the obstacles nonprofits face when providing services in accordance with state grants and contracts. The review is the result of research indicating that half of North Carolina nonprofit organizations with government grants and contracts receive late payments from government agencies. That same research also revealed that three-fourths of those nonprofits deal with unnecessary application and reporting requirements.
FASB Reaches Decisions on Revenue Recognition Guidance for Nonprofits
Progress continues on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) project on the revenue recognition of grants and similar contracts by nonprofits. At its Wednesday meeting, the FASB reached decisions on the following matters: The proposed amendments to distinguish between conditional and unconditional contributions will pertain to both a resource provider and a recipient. To satisfy the definition of a “donor-imposed condition,” a right of return or a releasing of the promisor from their responsibility to transfer assets must be present in the agreement. In order to be considered a condition, the agreement must indicate that the recipient is only entitled. Read More.
Nonprofits Concerned with Contribution Classifications for Revenue Standard
Several nonprofits are confused over whether to classify a contribution as having a restriction or a condition with respect to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard. The issue is significant to nonprofits because it impacts the timing of recording the revenue from the contribution, but FASB Assistant Director Jeffrey Mechanick recently cautioned that it will ultimately be in the hands of an organization’s financial report preparers to decide. At last week’s meeting between the FASB and its Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, Mechanick said due to the amount of judgment in practice, the board is attempting to offer improved. Read More.
FASB Goodwill Impairment Standard Issued
Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) published Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-04, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other: Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment. A result of the Simplification Initiative, the standard simplifies how a company tests goodwill for impairment by eliminating “Step 2”, which measures impairment loss by comparing the carrying amount of goodwill to its implied fair value. In its news release, the FASB said the ASU will allow companies to measure goodwill impairment as the excess of the reporting unit’s carrying value over its fair value. Stakeholders had complained that the current impairment test creates. Read More.
Topics: Accounting Standards Update "ASU", Business Combinations (Topic 805), Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Goodwill Impairment Testing, Intangibles (Topic 350), Nonprofits, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC", simplification initiative