GASB Planning Big Year in 2018
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has major plans for 2018. As part of its agenda for the New Year, the GASB will focus on the financial reporting model, revenue and expense recognition and notes disclosures. More about the board’s upcoming plans is available in the GASB: 2018 Look Ahead video.
GASB Infographic Describes Board Funding
For its first animated infographic, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) shares how the board is funded. The infographic is available on the GASB’s YouTube channel .
GASB Releases Fiduciary Activities Article
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) recently published an article covering its new guidance for governmental entities to help identify fiduciary activities, and determine whether and how business-type activities must report fiduciary activities. The article, Statement 84: Understanding Costs and Benefits: Fiduciary Activities, explains the board’s assessment of the expected costs and benefits of GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, and how the GASB concluded that the expected benefits exceed the cost. In addition, the article covers the board’s due process in implementing GASB Statement No. 84 and summarizes the standard’s costs and benefits.
GASB Issues Exposure Draft on Majority Equity Interests
New accounting and financial reporting guidance could be on the way for state and local governments with a majority equity interest in an organization that is legally separate following acquisition. In its recently issued Exposure Draft, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Majority Equity Interests, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) proposes that a government’s majority equity interest in a legally separate organization could be disclosed as an investment if the equity interest falls under the board’s definition of an investment. The equity method would be applied to majority equity interests that fit the definition of an investment, with the exception of certain situations. If a majority equity interest in a. Read More.
Revised White Paper Issued on Governmental and Business Financial Reporting
Helping distinguish between governmental and business financial reporting, a revised White Paper has been issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”). The White Paper, Updated: Why Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Is—and Should Be—Different , elaborates that the difference between governmental accounting and reporting standards and the standards for for-profit businesses require independent standards so that the information provided meets the needs of stakeholders when assessing government accountability, as well as to help make political, social and economic decisions. The White Paper also provides guidance on specific questions that typically arise regarding why general purpose governments cannot use accounting standards developed for for-profit businesses. Download the White Paper from the GASB website.
GASB Issues Exposure Draft for Postemployment Benefits
Proposing implementation guidance regarding postemployment benefits, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has released the exposure draft, Implementation Guide No. 201X-Z: Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (and Certain Issues Related to OPEB Plan Reporting). The proposal aims to offer guidance on the requirements under GASB Statement No. 75, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions, as amended, and GASB Statement No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans. It also features rules that would eliminate transition-related guidance at the end of the transition period for GASB Statement No.. Read More.
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