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FASB to Release Standard and Propose Transition Guidance on Leases

A final Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) and a proposed standard by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) aim to lower costs and make it easier for preparers to implement its leases guidance. The FASB will issue a final standard that gives organizations an optional transition practical expedient to reconsider their accounting for current land easements that are not presently accounted for in Topic Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 840, Leases. The standard also affirms that once the guidance is active, new or modified land easements must be reviewed under ASC Topic 842, Leases. Separately, FASB staffers were ordered to draft a. Read More.

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FASB Drops Materiality Project

After two years of controversy, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is scrapping plans to continue work on its proposal to amend the definition of materiality. The project, which commenced in September 2015, set out to align U.S. GAAP’s meaning of materiality with the legal interpretation regulators and courts use so companies can carefully decide their disclosures in financial statement footnotes. Work on the materiality amendments ended Wednesday, November 8. Board members did not expect to receive criticism for Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-310, Notes to Financial Statements (Topic 235): Assessing Whether Disclosures Are Material. Wall Street investors led the. Read More.

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Proposed Grants and Contributions Guidance Receives Support

With the comment period ending last week for Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2017-270, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made, nonprofit and professional groups and audit firms have expressed support for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) attempts to simplify how organizations disclose revenue from grants and contributions. Mostly impacting nonprofits like charities and foundations, the proposal revises the guidance on determining whether gifts to nonprofit groups must be presented as contributions subject to ASC 958-605, Not-for-Profit Entities—Revenue Recognition, or as reciprocal transactions (i.e., exchanges) subject to ASC 605/606. The. Read More.

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FASB Working to Fix Inconsistencies of U.S. GAAP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released a proposed Accounting Standards Update to eliminate inconsistencies in parts of the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Impacting various areas in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, the proposed changes will apply to all reporting entities within the scope of the related accounting guidance.  Some of the amendments under Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-320 Codification Improvements, impact: Subtopic 718-740, Compensation—Stock Compensation—Income Taxes: The FASB proposes clarifying that an entity must disclose excess tax benefits (or tax deficiencies) in the reporting period when the tax deduction for compensation expense is taken on its. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Amendments to Financial Instruments and Leases

Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), Technical Corrections and Improvements to Recently Issued Standards: I. Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-01, Financial Instruments—Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities and II. Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The proposed changes address the following areas: Equity Securities without a Readily Determinable Fair Value—Discontinuation. The proposed amendment allows a company measuring an equity security using the measurement alternative to change to a fair value method in agreement with Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement. Equity Securities without a. Read More.

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Lease Accounting Proposal to Help Companies with Land Easements

Utility and oil and gas companies could receive new guidance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to help account for land easements. In Proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-290, Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842, the FASB gives companies with land easements what it calls a transition break. The transition break allows companies to forgo reviewing dated contract files to determine whether the transactions must be identified as leases and should be accounted for under ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). When the lease standard goes into effect, new easements must be reviewed. Read More.

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