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Nonprofits Seek More Clarity on Contributions Accounting

Almost one year has passed since the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) released guidance for contributions accounting, but several nonprofit organizations still struggle with understanding the new provisions. At a March 4 meeting on accounting needs and concerns impacting the nonprofit industry, the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee acknowledged that nonprofits need more guidance to apply Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made. The advisory panel argued that the nonprofit sector needs assistance with accounting for cost-sharing rules, in particular government agreements. The panel suggested nonprofits need. Read More.

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Updated Proposal on Income Tax Disclosures Coming

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) last week instructed staff to draft a proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) concerning its revised proposal for income tax disclosures. To be issued for public comment, the revised proposed ASU will feature every change made since the FASB released the original proposed ASU, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Income Taxes. Such changes include requiring disclosure of the disaggregation of income tax expense/benefit and income taxes federal or national, state, and foreign amounts pay. The FASB noted that income tax expense/benefit and income taxes paid on foreign earnings enacted. Read More.

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Staff to Perform Field Testing on FASB Government Assistance Project

Members of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) want to perform additional outreach concerning the board’s government assistance project. During its February 27 meeting, the FASB agreed that staff members should conduct further field testing to confirm the costs and benefits of a proposal under Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2015-340, Government Assistance (Topic 832) Disclosures by Business Entities about Government Assistance. The government assistance project aims to require businesses to disclose information on financial assistance like government grants and low-interest loans. Governments often distribute such assistance to encourage business relocation or expansion in a jurisdiction. Some investors, however, believe these. Read More.

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AICPA Board to Align Materiality with U.S. Standard-Setters

At a meeting in January, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”) agreed to align its “materiality” definition with the definitions used by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”). The narrow project aims to remove inconsistencies in the definition among AICPA Professional Standards and the Supreme Court, SEC, FASB, and the PCAOB. The effort comes after the FASB’s decision last year to revert to its original “materiality” definition from 1980 to 2010. The FASB revised its definition to align its concept of materiality to determine what information should be included and omitted from a. Read More.

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FASB to Review Credit Loss Standard Alternative for Regional Banks

In response to requests for a different method for calculating loan losses under Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to determine whether to undertake a limited-scope standard-setting project for regional banks. At the board’s April 3 meeting, FASB staff will present its research on the proposed alternative approach. Board members will take up the issue, reject the alternative, or conduct more research. The decision to discuss the alternative comes after a November 2018 letter from over 20 regional banks asking the FASB to consider an alternative. During a January. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Amendments on Acquired Liabilities in Customer Contracts

A new Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) proposal aims to clarify U.S. GAAP’s business combinations guidance concerning specific issues following implementation of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. Issued as Proposed ASU No. 2019-300, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Revenue from Contracts with Customers—Recognizing an Assumed Liability, a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force, the proposal offers clarifications regarding when an entity acquiring another entity must recognize a contract liability in a business combination. The amendments would require the acquiring entity to recognize a liability from a customer contract in a business combination if the liability. Read More.

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