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FASB Updates Revenue Recognition Guidance

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-10, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing. The amendments clarify guidance in Topic 606 for identifying performance obligations in a contract and the licensing of intellectual property. Public entities must apply the new guidance for annual reporting periods, and interim periods therein, starting December 15, 2017. Early application is permitted for public entities as of annual reporting periods, and interim periods therein, starting December 15, 2016. Nonpublic entities have a one-year deferral of the effective date. More on the issuance of ASU No. 2016-10 is available on. Read More.

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GASB to Hold Four-Day Meeting Next Week

From Monday to Thursday next week, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) will meet to discuss several topics pertinent to its current agenda. As mentioned in its Tentative Notice of Meetings , the GASB is scheduled to review the following: Feedback from the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council on technical agenda projects; A ballot draft of a final Statement, Pension Issues; The financial reporting model; Debt extinguishment issues, particularly recognition issues related to defeasances using existing resources; and Results from the pre-agenda research concerning Revenue Recognition from Exchange and Exchange-Like Transactions. The first meeting is expected to start Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. EST.. Read More.

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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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