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FASB Proposes Reorganizing Consolidation Guidance

To address concerns over the organization of the guidance under Topic 810, Consolidation, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently issued Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Consolidation (Topic 812): Reorganization. The proposal reorganizes certain components within the FASB’s consolidation guidance and includes for illustrative purposes the amendments under the Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Consolidation (Topic 810): Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities. The FASB would reorganize the consolidation guidance under Topic 810 into a new Topic featuring the following two Subtopics for variable interest entities and voting interest entities: Subtopic 812-20, Consolidation—Variable Interest Entities Subtopic 812-30, Consolidation—Voting. Read More.

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AICPA Advises Nonprofits on Financial Reporting Model Changes

In the first of a two-part blog series on its website, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) discusses the upcoming changes to the nonprofit financial reporting model. The changes are part of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, which affects certain line items on nonprofits’ financial statements. The blog series’ first installment features suggestions on an organization’s chart of account modifications in five areas: liquidity, net assets, investment return, statement of cash flows and expense reporting. To read part one of the blog series, visit AICPA.org.

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FASB Consolidation Guidance Could Be Split Up

In a unanimous decision last week, Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) members agreed to propose splitting its consolidation guidance in two. The FASB wants to remove the guidance regarding voting interest entities and variable interest entities under Topic 810, Consolidation, and add it to a new standard called Topic 812. FASB members noted that the separation would make consolidation guidance easier for companies to follow and would conform to how Big Four firms produce their own manuals for accountants to consult. The March 8 decision was part of the board’s work to simplify certain aspects of Topic 810, which defines. Read More.

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FASB Addresses General Expenditure Questions for Nonprofit Standard

With the 2018 effective date approaching for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, a project manager with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) research team has advised nonprofit groups not to overthink the concept of “general expenditure.” Addressing concerns over the disclosure of funds for general expenditure at last week’s FASB Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee meeting, Rick Cole said donor restrictions on certain funds would not be exempt from general expenditures. He remarked that many of the illustrations should be taken as they are, not as absolute law. FASB Assistant Director. Read More.

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FASB Makes Technical Corrections to Accounting Guidance

Amendments to key parts of U.S. GAAP were announced this week by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Issued as Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-19, Technical Corrections and Improvements, the amendments relate to several topics in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. FASB Chairman Russell Golden says the changes are narrow in scope and should be easy for reporting entities to understand and implement. The following amendments in ASU No. 2016-19 impact all reporting entities: Subtopic 715-30, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Pension, and Subtopic 715-60, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Other Postretirement, and Topic 944, Financial Services—Insurance. ASU No. 2016-19 advises uniform use. Read More.

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Small Edit to Nonprofit Guidance Approved

A phrase accidentally included in Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, has been removed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). On Wednesday, the FASB unanimously agreed to remove “that contain no purpose restrictions” from its most significant update to nonprofit accounting guidance in over two decades. The slight clarification will help nonprofits meet the minimum reconciliation requirements for disclosing their endowment funds. The FASB called for the small edit in Proposed ASU No. 2016-350, Technical Correction to Update No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements — Endowment Reporting . Nonprofits must apply the new guidance to annual statements issued for fiscal years starting after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal. Read More.

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