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GASB Introduces Lease Standard Implementation Guidance

To assist state and local governments with applying GASB Statement No. 87, Leases, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued a draft Implementation Guide . The GASB presents the proposed guidance in a question-and-answer format and intends to clarify the requirements listed under the lease accounting standard. GASB Statement No. 87 offers a simplified approach for state and local governments to account for and disclose leases. Interested parties can submit feedback on the proposal to the GASB by Tuesday, April 30.

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Proposal to Address Questions on GASB Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has proposed new implementation guidance that addresses questions concerning GASB standards such as cash flow reporting, derivative instruments, and post-employment benefits. Issued as Exposure Draft No. 24-16d, Implementation Guidance Update — 2019, the proposed guidance is presented in a question-and-answer format and helps answer questions like how an entity should disclose on cash flow statements resources given in an irrevocable split-interest agreement. The proposal also calls for changes to previously issued implementation guidance and provides answers to questions regarding details related to GASB Statement No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans, and GASB Statement. Read More.

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GASB Task Force to Review Financial Reporting by Native American Tribes

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has formed a task force responsible for examining financial reporting options for Native American tribes. Several tribes rely on the GASB’s guidance regarding any issues they come across. Task force members were chosen due to their knowledge of tribal accounting. Members of the task force are as follows: Heather Acker, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP partner Lacey Horn, Cherokee Nation treasurer Christopher Lee, Key Bank vice president—head of government credit Paul Mansour, Conning Holdings Ltd. managing director and head of municipal research Hattie Mitchell, Native American insurance company AMERIND Risk director of finance and. Read More.

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GASB Seeks Comments on Conduit Debt Obligations Proposal

There is still time to submit comments regarding the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (“GASB”) proposed Statement to streamline how government issuers disclose conduit debt obligations. In the Exposure Draft, Conduit Debt Obligations, the GASB offers a single method for reporting such obligations and eliminating diversity in practice. The proposal also offers accounting guidance when there are additional commitments given by government issuers and addresses a topic not addressed by GASB 87, Leases. Comments on the proposal are due Friday, November 2. For more on this Exposure Draft, read the press release .

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GASB Issues Guidance on Majority Equity Interests

Last month, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) issued new guidance to help state and local governments with their treatment of equity interests for financial reporting purposes. According to GASB Statement No. 90, Majority Equity Interests, a government entity’s majority equity interest in a legally separate business must be disclosed as an investment if the equity interest meets the definition of an investment. Statement No. 90 is effective for reporting periods starting after December 15, 2018. Early application is encouraged. More on Statement No. 90 is available in the GASB press release.

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GASB Issues Statement on Interest Cost Incurred Before End of Construction Period

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has released GASB Statement No. 89, Accounting for Interest Cost Incurred before the End of a Construction Period , which aims to improve the significance and comparability of information on capital assets and borrowing costs for a reporting period. GASB Statement No. 89 also streamlines the accounting for interest cost incurred prior to the end of a construction period. For governments that use the economic resources measurement focus to prepare financial statements, interest cost incurred prior to a construction period’s end must be labeled as an expense during the period wherein the cost is incurred. The interest cost should not be capitalized with the historical cost of a capital asset. For. Read More.

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