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FASB Makes Progress on Stock Compensation Standard

After reviewing feedback on its proposed changes to stock compensation accounting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed that companies must apply the modification accounting under Topic 718 if an alteration to an award impacts the fair value (or assessed value or intrinsic value, if a different measurement technique is used), vesting conditions, or the award classification. The FASB said Wednesday that the proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting, should exclude guidance that allows an entity to decide whether a modification to an award’s fair value is insignificant. In addition, the unit of. Read More.

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Private Companies Receive Exemptions from Hedge Accounting Document Requirements

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) proposed changes to hedge accounting guidance will offer private companies a break from documentation requirements. At its February 15 meeting, the FASB agreed to exempt private companies from providing all documents that disclose any risk management activities. Instead, they will have to prepare a “statement of intent to hedge” featuring the hedging instrument, hedged item/transaction, the potential risk of the hedged item/transaction, and the method used to review effectiveness. In addition, private companies will forego performing an effectiveness test to affirm a hedge accounting method until the issuance of their financial statements. Most of. Read More.

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FASB Discusses Proposed Callable Debt Securities Standard

After reviewing feedback from its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Receivables—Nonrefundable Fees and Other Costs (Subtopic 310-20): Premium Amortization on Purchased Callable Debt Securities, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has made tentative decisions on the following: Requests to Require a True “Yield-to-Worst” Amortization Method. Premiums on purchased callable debt securities will be amortized to the earliest call date. Requests to Clarify Consequential Amendments to Paragraph 946-320-35-20. The amendment to industry guidance was corrected to affirm that the FASB did not intend to change practice for investment companies holding debt securities. Requests to Clarify “Callable” and the Interaction with Paragraph 310-20-35-26.. Read More.

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FASB Advances Project to Simplify Hedge Accounting

Progress continues on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) attempts to simplify hedge accounting. At last week’s meeting, the FASB affirmed the more popular amendments under Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-310, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. Amendments that were agreed upon include allowing the use of hedge accounting for certain parts of nonfinancial items. The FASB will add Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Municipal Swap Rate as an acceptable benchmark interest rate for hedges of fixed-interest-rate items. The Board also agreed to provide relief from the penalty created by an. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Changes to Balance Sheet Debt Classification and Inventory Disclosures

In a January 10 news release , the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) announced the issuance of two proposed Accounting Standards Updates impacting the balance sheet classification of debt and the inventory disclosure requirements under the Disclosure Framework project. Classification of Debt on a Balance Sheet: The FASB proposes simplifying the current debt classification guidance with an all-encompassing, consistent principle that addresses a borrower’s contractual rights and responsibilities. The proposed changes could create a shift in how some debt arrangements among noncurrent liabilities and current liabilities are classified. Comments on the proposal are due Friday, May 5. Disclosure Framework—Inventory: The FASB wants companies to. Read More.

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Amendment Proposed for Service Concession Arrangements

Businesses have asked for additional guidance on Topic 853, Service Concession Arrangements, and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is answering the call. The FASB has issued Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. EITF-16C, Service Concession Arrangements (Topic 853) — Determining the Customer of the Operation Services: A Consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force, which includes a clarification to the customer’s identity in certain infrastructure deals between governmental entities and private-sector companies. The proposal calls for a government entity to be labeled the customer in transactions under Topic 853. Comments are due Friday, January 6.

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