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FASB Drops Materiality Project

After two years of controversy, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is scrapping plans to continue work on its proposal to amend the definition of materiality. The project, which commenced in September 2015, set out to align U.S. GAAP’s meaning of materiality with the legal interpretation regulators and courts use so companies can carefully decide their disclosures in financial statement footnotes. Work on the materiality amendments ended Wednesday, November 8. Board members did not expect to receive criticism for Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-310, Notes to Financial Statements (Topic 235): Assessing Whether Disclosures Are Material. Wall Street investors led the. Read More.

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SEC Chief Accountant Credits Interpretive Guidance for Curbed Misuse of Non-GAAP Measures

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker is crediting the reduced misuse of non-GAAP measures to the Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&Dis”) issued in May 2016. Bricker said the interpretive guidance for Regulation G, regulation covering non-GAAP financial information, has helped companies become better disciplined and disclose to investors the use of non-GAAP measurements. Bricker spoke on the C&DIs in October at the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Global Board Leader’s Summit. He remarked that since the C&DIs were issued, public companies have quit highlighting non-GAAP measures more predominately than their audited results. Companies have also established policies. Read More.

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Investor Advisory Group Seeks Audit Standards for Non-GAAP Measures

Regulators searching for a reliable way to evaluate non-GAAP financial measures so that they aren’t misleading to investors should define their standards based on key performance indicators (“KPIs”) for specific industries.  This guidance is the latest recommendation to come from a working group of the Investor Advisory Group (“IAG”), which is part of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”).   Many public companies feel that U.S. GAAP metrics don’t reflect how they manage their businesses as well as some non-GAAP metrics do. However, non-GAAP measures pose an issue for auditors.   The IAG’s working group is trying to balance. Read More.

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FASB Task Force Addresses Cloud Computing Accounting Issue

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) has resolved a longstanding accounting issue concerning the costs for setting up various types of cloud-managed business services. During its October 12 meeting, the EITF affirmed that customers of cloud computing arrangements must account for them similarly to a software license for a large business application with Subtopic 350-40, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software. Last week’s decision could lead to an accounting change to U.S. GAAP. If so, the final amendment will allow companies to capitalize more costs related to installing cloud services such as employee training and creating interfaces. Read More.

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FASB Working to Fix Inconsistencies of U.S. GAAP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released a proposed Accounting Standards Update to eliminate inconsistencies in parts of the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Impacting various areas in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, the proposed changes will apply to all reporting entities within the scope of the related accounting guidance.  Some of the amendments under Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-320 Codification Improvements, impact: Subtopic 718-740, Compensation—Stock Compensation—Income Taxes: The FASB proposes clarifying that an entity must disclose excess tax benefits (or tax deficiencies) in the reporting period when the tax deduction for compensation expense is taken on its. Read More.

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Bank Regulators Add Guidance for FASB Credit Loss Standard

Several bank regulators have updated their interpretive guidance regarding the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) credit loss standard. The revised guidance from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will be added to the December 2016-published frequently asked questions document that explains why the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. The new guidance addresses how to handle subjective information when banks estimate their loss reserves when applying ASU No. 2016-13. In. Read More.

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