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FASB Suggests Aligning Collections Definition for Museums

July 2, 2018

Last week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) announced a proposal to match the U.S. GAAP definition of a “collection” of priceless artwork and historical treasures with the description museums rely on for operability and accreditation. Issued in Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-250, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Updating the Definition of Collections, the amendment would change one of the criteria under the collection definition. It would also let proceeds from a sold art piece or artifact to be used to protect the rest of the collection. As a result of the amendment, museums and related entities would only have to apply one definition of collections.

Comments on the proposal are due Friday, August 10. If approved and finalized, the amendment will be effective upon publication of the final standard.