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FASB Nonprofit Project Focuses on Investment Expenses

Working to complete the draft guidance in Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-230, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) and Health Care Entities (Topic 954): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) met recently to discuss how nonprofits report their investment returns and expenses. During the February 3rd meeting, the FASB unanimously agreed that nonprofit organizations will have to report investment returns net of their external and direct internal investment expenses. The discussion focused on the terms “direct internal” as opposed to related expenses. The provision will provide clarity regarding the fees and expenses associated. Read More.

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Exposure Drafts on Retirement Benefits Issued

Announced on January 26th , the following Exposure Drafts have been issued by the Financial Standards Accounting Board: Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost . Proposed ASU, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20): Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans . Comments on these Exposure Drafts are due Monday, April 25th. Electronic Feedback Forms are available to submit comments regarding the proposed ASUs on Compensation—Retirement Benefits (Topic 715) and Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Subtopic 715-20) .

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Clarified Guidance on Intellectual Property Licenses Approved

On January 6th, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) approved clarifications to its upcoming revenue recognition standard. Specifically, the clarifications address questions concerning how to account for intellectual property licenses, which is considered one of the complex parts of the FASB and International Accounting Standards Board’s upcoming revenue recognition standards. The FASB has ordered its research staff to draft an update to be published by the end of the first quarter. The amendments will likely be based on Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-250, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606): Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing.

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Materiality Proposal Receives Praise and Criticism

Comment letters on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) materiality proposal reveal mixed sentiment among companies, investors and consumer groups. Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-310, Notes to Financial Statements (Topic 235): Assessing Whether Disclosures Are Material, would establish materiality as a legal concept to help companies determine what information to include in their financial statement footnotes. Numerous companies have voiced their support of the plan. Comcast Corp., for instance, said the proposed clarification to the definition of materiality would be consistent with the FASB’s efforts of making disclosures more useful for investors. Another supporter, Financial Executives International, commented that. Read More.

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FASB to Create Advisory Panel for Adoption of Asset Impairment Standard

Expected to issue its standard for recording loan losses next year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is creating an advisory panel to assist companies in the implementation of Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2012-260, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15). Responding to investors’ complaints about banks using the incurred-loss model for reporting losses during the global financial crisis, the standard will help disclose bad loans and securities, as well as adopt a current-expected-credit-loss (CECL) model. The new model will require banks to evaluate forthcoming losses on loans going bad and establish reserves based on such estimates. Commenting on the advisory. Read More.

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