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FASB Task Force Meeting to Vote on U.S. GAAP Amendments

When the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Emerging Issues Task Force (“the Task Force”; “EITF”) meets next week, the group plans to vote on two proposed amendments to U.S. GAAP. The amendments to be voted on are: Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. EITF-13G, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Determining Whether the Host Contract in a Hybrid Financial Instrument Issued in the Form of a Share Is More Akin to Debt or to Equity (a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force); and Proposed ASU No. EITF-12F, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Pushdown Accounting (a consensus of the FASB Emerging. Read More.

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FASB Webinar on 2015 Taxonomy Release This Afternoon

Set for today at 1:00 p.m. EST, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) will host a live webinar on proposed changes to the 2015 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Release. Entitled, IN FOCUS: Proposed 2015 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy, ASU Taxonomy Changes, Taxonomy Implementation Guides, Taxonomy Simplification, the event’s agenda includes: Update from the Securities and Exchange Commission on current XBRL issues; An overview of the 2015 Taxonomy changes; The new 2014 Taxonomy Implementation Guides; and A discussion of the Taxonomy Simplification findings. For more information or to register, visit the event page .

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FASB Issues ASU No. 2014-15 to Help Reporting of Going Concern

Helping to disclose substantial doubt concerning a company’s ability to move forward as a going concern, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-15 , Presentation of Financial Statements—Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. Announced on Wednesday, the ASU provides principles and definitions to an organization’s management for decreasing diversity in disclosures that are currently made available in financial statement footnotes. Presently, U.S. GAAP does not provide an organization’s management guidance regarding its responsibility to assess whether substantial doubt exists regarding the ability to continue as a going concern. Read More.

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FASB Releases 2014 & 2015 UGT Implementation Guides

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued the Final 2014 UGT Implementation Guide, U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (UGT) Implementation Guide, Insurance Industry: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures . Following the 2014 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy, the guide offers examples to assist UGT users understand the reinsurance-related concentrations of credit risk disclosures. In addition, FASB has issued a Proposed 2015 UGT Implementation Guide, U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (UGT) Implementation Guide, Disposal Groups and Discontinued Operations . The proposed guide features examples of how users should model disclosures disposal groups and discontinued operations, and follows the 2015 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy draft. Comments on the proposal are being accepted in writing and electronically until October 6th. Not viewed as authoritative, the guides are considered as documents that explain how the UGT. Read More.

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AICPA Issues Alert on Revenue Recognition Standard

Offering guidance to practitioners implementing the joint Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) standard, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued Understanding Revenue Recognition: Changes to U.S. GAAP . The alert includes: a summary and overview of FASB’s Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09 , Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), and IASB’s IFRS 15 , Revenue from Contracts with Customers; advice on helping entities transition to the new standard; AICPA’s learning and implementation plan; and a mapping tool chronicling key revenue recognition matters. The ASU 2014-09 amendments are effective for public entities during annual reporting periods starting after December 15,. Read More.

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New Auditing Interpretations Have Been Issued Related to GASB 67 and 68

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued interpretation of certain standards related to implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statements 67 and 68. Summaries of these interpretations follow. If you are interested in additional information regarding your specific circumstance, you can find the interpretations on the AICPA’s website. Interpretations to Audit Evidence Standard Interpretation No. 2, “Auditor of Participating Employer in a Governmental Cost-Sharing Multiple-Employer Pension Plan,” of AU-C section 500, Audit Evidence, answers two questions. The first clarifies that the audited financial statements of a cost-sharing plan prepared, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Read More.

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