FASB Seeks to Align Accounting Guidance Between Asset Acquisition and Business Combinations
There’s an effort underway by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to look at closing the gap between the accounting standards for business combinations and the accounting standards for acquisition accounting. Because these two sets of accounting guidance are different, businesses are sometimes motivated to structure merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deals in ways that avoid complex accounting. Decreasing the differences between these standards could help make M&A activity more straightforward in the future. This effort is also a continuation of the FASB’s work to more clearly define what a business is for U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Some critics. Read More.
AICPA Publishes New Technical Questions and Answers
The following Technical Questions and Answers guidance was issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) under Section 9160, Other Reporting Issues: Section 9160.31, Following Accounting Standards as Promulgated by FASB by a State or Local Governmental Entity. Section 9160.31 covers how an auditor should decide whether a government entity is following the applicable accounting standards. Section 9160.32, Reporting on Accounting Standards as Promulgated by FASB by a State or Local Government. Section 9160.32 offers guidance on how an auditor should report on a government entity’s financial statements, when the entity prepares its financial statements under the Financial. Read More.
Topics: AICPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants "AICPA", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", GASB, Governmental Accounting Standards Board "GASB", state and local governments, Technical Questions & Answers, U.S. GAAP
Industry-Specific Revenue Standard Implementation Guidance Proposed
On July 3, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee released four working drafts on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s revenue recognition standard. The working drafts are tailored to the following four industries: Airlines. Working Draft: Airlines Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #2-1: Regional Contracts addresses capacity purchase agreements established by major airlines with regional carriers to reach smaller markets. The working draft applies the guidance in Topic 840, Leases, to the aspects of a capacity purchase agreement that are not deemed leases. In addition, the working draft instructs air carriers how Topic 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, is to be employed to review the various. Read More.
Topics: AICPA, Airlines, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants "AICPA", FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Reporting Executive Committee "FinREC", Gaming, Health Care, Proposed Implementation Issues, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), Revenue Recognition, Telecommunications, U.S. GAAP, Working Drafts
Minor Changes Proposed to Top Accounting Standards
In the next few months, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to issue proposed updates with several limited revisions to its leases and classification and measurement standards. Announced during the FASB’s June 21 meeting, the proposed amendments will be released separately from the usual group of technical corrections the board issues each year due to the importance of the affected Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”). The changes involve 16 amendments to ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), including fixing cross references, aligning terminology with other aspects of U.S. GAAP, and clarifying the categorization of leases if the terms and conditions. Read More.
Topics: FASB, FASB Technical Corrections, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Instruments—Overall (Subtopic 825-10), Leases (Topic 842), Proposed Accounting Standards Update, U.S. GAAP
Short-Term Fixes to Liabilities and Equity Accounting in the Works
As accountants continue to struggle with differentiating liabilities and equity, Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) members have agreed to take action. Last week, Chairman Russell Golden ordered the FASB’s research team to develop short-term solutions that the board could quickly implement, and also continuously monitor significant problems that may require long-term answers. Golden said this approach would take longer, but making targeted changes to Topic 480, Distinguishing Liabilities From Equity, will be helpful. Possible changes may include new disclosures regarding financial instruments with characteristics of both equity and liabilities, streamlining how to split the measurement of hybrid instruments, and reorganizing. Read More.
FASB and FASAC Discuss Technology’s Role in Future Standard-Setting
Without providing a clear picture of how the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) agenda will be impacted by technological advances, the board’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (“FASAC”) considered the future of financial reporting at its June 15 meeting. FASB and FASAC members both agreed investment firms’ technology use has evolved to the point that financial reporting may also change. FASB member and former fund manager Harold Schroeder stressed that companies, auditors, and standard-setters are facing a rapidly changing business environment with multiple users that rely on financial information. Schroeder said as time goes on, the evolving financial landscape changes. Read More.