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Revenue Recognition Draft Guidance Issued for Utilities and Time-Share Companies

By  Brynn McNeil The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee has issued the following working drafts to address implementation of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”): Working Draft: Proposed Implementation Issues for Revenue Recognition: Power & Utility Entities (#13-1): Accounting for Tariff Sales to Regulated Customers. Intended to help power and utility companies with applying ASU No. 2016-09 to revenues caused by regulated utility tariffs, this working draft explains that agreements between utilities and customers for services provided under a regulated tariff must be disclosed as a. Read More.

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FASB Clarifies Donor-Imposed Conditions

During a discussion last Wednesday concerning its project on revenue recognition of grants and contracts by nonprofits, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed to refine guidance under Subtopic 958-605, Not-for-Profit Entities—Revenue Recognition. Specifically, the FASB clarified the definition of a “donor-imposed condition” by including the following: A right of return, involving either a return of assets transferred or a release of a promisor from its responsibility to transfer assets. A barrier that must be overcome before the recipient receives transferred or promised assets. Indicators and illustrative examples would help describe a barrier.

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Nonfinancial Assets Guidance to Coincide with FASB Revenue Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) latest Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) clarifies guidance to help determine when gains and losses on nonfinancial assets should be recognized. Issued as ASU No. 2017-05, Other Income—Gains and Losses From the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets (Subtopic 610-20): Clarifying the Scope of Asset Derecognition Guidance and Accounting for Partial Sales of Nonfinancial Assets, the amendments clarify the term “in substance nonfinancial asset” to inform financial reporting professionals which transactions are part of the nonfinancial asset derecognition guidance. The FASB had failed to define the term in ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic. Read More.

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Revenue Standard Working Drafts Released for Insurers & Software Companies

Two working drafts addressing implementation problems with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard have been issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Financial Reporting Executive Committee: Proposed Implementation Issues for Revenue Recognition: Insurance Entities (#9-1): Considerations for Applying the Scope Exception in FASB ASC 606-10-15-2 and 606-10-15-4 to Contracts Within the Scope of ASC 944. This working draft explains that contracts bound by the financial reporting requirements under FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 944, Financial Services – Insurance, are not impacted by FASB ASC 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Proposed Implementation Issues for. Read More.

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Revenue Standard Implementation Issues Receive Working Drafts

Shortly before Christmas, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) published working drafts to address implementation issues related to Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The Proposed Implementation Issues recommend interpretative guidance to be included in the next Audit and Accounting Guide: Revenue Recognition update; the most recent guide was issued last month to help with application of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s revenue recognition standard. Released as Working Drafts, Proposed Implementation Issues for Revenue Recognition: Telecommunications (#15-2, #15-9) and Working Drafts, Proposed Implementation Issues for Revenue Recognition: Time-Share (#16.1),. Read More.

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Updates to FASB Revenue Recognition Standard Issued

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has announced an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) featuring technical improvements to 13 areas of the guidance under ASU No. 2014-09 , Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). Issued as ASU No. 2016-20, Technical Corrections and Improvements to Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, the amendments impact the following areas: Loan guarantee fees Impairment testing related to contract costs Interaction of impairment testing related to contract costs with guidance in other topics Provisions for losses on construction-type and production-type contracts Scope of Topic 606 Disclosure of remaining performance obligations Disclosure of prior-period performance obligations Contract modifications example Contract assets versus receivables Refund liability Advertising costs Fixed-odds wagering contracts in the. Read More.

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