FASB’s Going Concern Amendment to Affect PCAOB Standards
In the coming weeks, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to release an amendment that requires struggling companies to inform investors regarding their chances of surviving. Entitled proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-300, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205)—Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Going Concern Presumption, the update is in response to investors and regulators who believed auditors issued going concern reviews of companies after the stock price mirrored the market’s knowledge of their pending demise. Per the FASB’s final update to U.S. GAAP, a company will be required to add in its financial statement footnotes when “substantial. Read More.
Topics: Accounting Standards Update, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants "AICPA", Audit, Auditing Standards Board "ASB", Bruce Webb, disclosure, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Statements, Going Concern, International Financial Reporting Standards "IFRS", Public Company Accounting Oversight Board "PCAOB", U.S. GAAP, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC"
FASB and IASB Merging Utilities Industry Standards Not Likely
After attempts to merge utilities industry standards with the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) member Thomas Linsmeier recently announced that U.S. GAAP and IFRS differences have created challenges that make potential future convergence projects unlikely. At an accounting conference last month, Linsmeier referenced the FASB and IASB’s heavy investment in utilities financial reporting, and their preference in the U.S. GAAP’s cost-of-service model. However, the IASB is considering other models that differ from Topic 980, Regulated Operations, a decades-long model which offers standards for utilities that recognize regulated assets and liabilities within the industry. Further, the. Read More.
IASB Vice Chair Denounces FASB’s Separate Agenda
After working with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) for 12 years on merging U.S. GAAP and International Financing Accounting Standards (IFRS), the International Accounting Standards Board’s (“IASB”) Ian Mackintosh recently criticized the FASB for its decision to stray from their original course of action. Speaking at the IFRS Foundation Conference on June 23rd, the IASB Vice Chair acknowledged the successes of IFRS adoption in over 100 nations, but condemned the FASB for diverging from the goal of creating a single set of global standards. In his speech, Mackintosh called out FASB Vice Chair James Kroeker for comments perceived as. Read More.
Topics: Convergence, Financial Accounting Foundation "FAF", Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Global Standards, Ian Mackintosh, International Accounting Standards Board "IASB", International Financial Reporting Standards "IFRS", James Kroeker, Mary Jo White, Revenue Recognition, U.S. GAAP
Frequently Asked Questions on ASU 2014-02
Since posting our alert , we’ve started to receive some questions about Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-02. In response, we’ve taken the most popular questions and turned them into a FAQ. We hope you enjoy. Q: So what does ASU 2014-02 do? A: If a private company, as defined, makes an accounting policy election to adopt the goodwill alternative allowed by this ASU, existing goodwill (on a prospective basis) and all newly created goodwill will no longer be subjected to annual impairment testing. Instead, goodwill will be amortized over 10 years or a shorter life if that is more representative. In. Read More.
2014 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Released
Announced earlier this week, the Financial Accounting Foundation (“FAF”) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (“the Board”) has adopted the 2014 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy . Used by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issuers, the new taxonomy improves upon last year’s edition and offers accounting standard updates. Both the FAF and Board share responsibility for revisions to the taxonomy, which affects SEC-registered public issuers. For guidance on applying the new taxonomy for submitting SEC-compliant eXtensible Business Reporting Language-tagged interactive data files or any other related questions, please contact the SEC .
FASB and IASB Seek Lease Standards Publication Next Year
Hoping to publish final standards late next year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) will restart discussions this fall on their lease accounting project. It is anticipated that the final standards will be based on FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-270, Leases (Topic 842), and the IASB’s Exposure Draft No. 2013-6, Leases. Both proposals were published in 2013. Before completing work on their project, the FASB and IASB must resolve several disagreements on proposed changes to accounting in U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards. Such disagreements include how to handle accounting for. Read More.