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FASB Amends Disclosure Rule for Revenue Standard

Recently approved technical corrections to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) upcoming revenue recognition standard include a disclosure break for companies in the technology, entertainment, and payment card processing industries. The exemption will give some companies a pass in reporting the remaining contractual obligations to a customer before they receive payments. Sales-based or usage-based royalties for intellectual property licenses and variable consideration distributed to distinct goods or services would qualify for the break. Termed a “practical expedient” in the Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-240, Technical Corrections and Improvements to Update 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), the. Read More.

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FinREC Publishes Three Revenue Standard Working Drafts

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) has issued the following working drafts in regard to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s revenue recognition standard, Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers: Proposed Implementation Issues for Revenue Recognition: Telecommunications — Disclosure and Transition. This working draft concerns the required disclosures under Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The draft guidance notes that a disclosure presented due to another accounting standard does not need to be repeated to fulfill ASC 606. The draft also details several disclosure requirements under ASC. Read More.

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Nonprofits Still Unsure of Grants Guidance for Revenue Standard

Facing implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) revenue recognition standard in 2019, nonprofits are uncertain whether government grants and related contracts with government entities or foundations are to be classified as exchange transactions or contributions. The issue was the center of discussion at the September 8 meeting between the FASB and its Not-for-Profit Advisory Council, along with how the conditions and restrictions on such contributions should be distinguished. The meeting was part of the accounting board’s effort to streamline implementation of Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606). While the landmark standard outlines. Read More.

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Companies Urged to Speed up Revenue Standard Implementation Plans

Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) officials are asking companies to hasten implementation plans for the boards’ revenue recognition standards. The FASB and IASB are close to wrapping up revisions to Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, and International Financial Reporting Standards 15, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, and want companies to prepare for implementation with the mindset that no further changes are coming. Public entities must implement the new standards in 2018; public entities and nonprofit organizations will have comply in 2019.

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Changes to FASB Revenue Recognition Standard Proposed

Updates are in the works regarding Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). The proposed ASU, Technical Corrections and Improvements to Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Additional Corrections, includes amendments impacting certain aspects of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) landmark standard. Per its proposed amendments, the FASB aims to: Clarify that guarantee fees under the scope of Topic 460, with the exception of product or service warranties, are not under the scope of Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers; Provide a better connection between the analysis in. Read More.

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Working Drafts Offer Revenue Recognition Guidance for Telecommunications Suppliers

Revenue recognition implementation guidance could be on the way for telecommunications providers. Last week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee issued two working drafts offering industry-specific guidance for adopting the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Proposed Issue #15-1– Portfolio Accounting, proposes that a telecommunications supplier can use the portfolio accounting shortcut when a large disparity does not exist when accounting for contracts jointly rather than individually. The draft guidance advises what suppliers should consider when deciding whether to use the portfolio approach. The second working draft,. Read More.

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