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Public Companies Urged to Use Revenue Standard Panel’s Meeting Minutes

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard prepares to take effect in 2018, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chief Accountant James Schnurr is pushing public companies to follow the guidance in the Transition Resource Group’s (“TRG”) meeting minutes when implementing Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. At last week’s SEC Speaks conference, Schnurr said while the TRG’s conclusions are not authoritative, companies should still use them in practice. Additionally, any alternative approach a company takes must be communicated to the SEC. FASB Vice Chairman and TRG Co-Chairman Jim Kroeker praised Schnurr’s comments,. Read More.

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IASB Bows Out of Revenue Standard Advisory Panel

The International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) has withdrawn participation from future meetings of the Transition Resource Group (“TRG”), the advisory panel assigned to address questions concerning its revenue recognition standard. Announced last month, the IASB said it was done making changes to International Financial Reporting Standards 15, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, and was ready for businesses to begin the implementation process. Moving forward, the IASB will make itself available for consultation if necessary. In the meantime, the Financial Accounting Standards Board will continue participation with the advisory panel in regard to its revenue recognition standard, Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts. Read More.

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FASB to Propose Slight Changes to Revenue Standard

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) prepares its annual project for making technical corrections to U.S. GAAP, the standard setter is concurrently planning to issue a separate proposal featuring minor changes to its revenue recognition standard. The proposed revenue corrections cover several areas, including the clarification of contracts within the scope of Topic 944, Financial Services — Insurance. Hoping to issue the revenue clarifications by the end of March, the FASB decided to release the amendments separately due to the prominence of Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Upon release, the proposed changes will have. Read More.

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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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The New Revenue Recognition Standard: Step 5 Recognize Revenue as the Performance Obligations are Satisfied

As mentioned in our previous blogs , on May 28th the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Topic 606 creating a whole new codification topic (ASC 606). The new standard ushers in a new era of revenue recognition by replacing thousands of pages of industry specific guidance with a single comprehensive standard applicable to virtually all industries, and will significantly change how we recognize revenue. ASU 2014-19 isn’t effective for private entities until reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and will be effective for public entities a year earlier. ASC 606. Read More.

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The New Revenue Recognition Standard: Step 4 — Allocate the Transaction Price to the Performance Obligations

As mentioned in our previous blog , on May 28th the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Topic 606. The new standard creates a whole new codification topic (ASC 606) and ushers in a new era of revenue recognition by replacing hundreds of pages of industry specific guidance with a single comprehensive standard applicable to virtually all industries, and will significantly change how we recognize revenue. ASU 2014-19 isn’t effective for private entities until reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, but will be effective for public entities a year earlier. ASC. Read More.

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