FASB ISSUES TARGETED CHANGES TO KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTING GUIDANCE
Norwalk, CT, December 14, 2016—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that clarifies and removes inconsistencies in key areas of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
The provisions in the ASU impact several topical areas in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification®.
Most of the amendments are effective immediately; others take effect
for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15,
"While narrow in scope, the technical changes in the ASU are intended to
make it easier to understand and implement guidance across important
areas of GAAP," noted FASB Chairman Russell G. Golden. "We encourage stakeholders to review the new provisions."
The amendments in the ASU apply to all reporting organizations—including
public companies, private companies, and not-for-profit
organizations—within the scope of the affected accounting guidance. For
that reason, reporting organizations should review all provisions of
the new standard to ensure compliance with the ones that apply to them.
While not a complete list of provisions contained in the ASU, the following amendments affect all companies and organizations:
A complete list of the amendments—including full details on transition and effective dates—is contained in the ASU, available at www.fasb.org.
- An amendment to Subtopic 715-30, Compensation—Retirement
Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Pension, and Subtopic 715-60,
Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—Other
Postretirement, and Topic 944, Financial Services—Insurance, promotes
consistent use of the term participating insurance throughout the relevant guidance.
- An amendment to Topic 825, Financial Instruments, and Topic 944 promotes consistent use of the term reinsurance recoverable across both Topics.
- Another amendment removes the term debt from the Master
Glossary. The current definition was codified from guidance that was
specific to troubled debt restructuring. This amendment restricts the
use of the current definition to Subtopic 310-40, Receivables—Troubled
Debt Restructurings by Creditors, and Subtopic 470-60, Debt—Troubled
Debt Restructurings by Debtors.
- An amendment to Topic 958, Not-for-Profit Entities, removes the
phrase "that contain no purpose restrictions" from the guidance that was
added in error by ASU No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities.
- An amendment to Subtopic 350-40, Intangibles—Goodwill and
Other—Internal-Use Software adds to guidance a reference to use when
accounting for internal-use software licensed from third parties that is
within the scope of Subtopic 350-40.
- An amendment to Subtopic 360-20, Property, Plant, and
Equipment—Real Estate Sales, corrects existing guidance to clarify that
loans insured under the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans
Administration do not have to be fully insured by those
government-insured programs to recognize profit using the full accrual
- Amendments to Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement, clarify the difference between a valuation approach and a valuation technique
when applying the guidance in that Topic. This amendment also requires
an organization to disclose when there has been a change in either or
both a valuation approach and/or a valuation technique.
- An amendment to Subtopic 405-40, Liabilities—Obligations
Resulting from Joint and Several Liability Arrangements, clarifies that
for an amount of an obligation under an arrangement to be considered
fixed at the reporting date, the amount that must be fixed is not the
amount that is the organization's portion of the obligation but, rather,
is the obligation in its entirety.
- An amendment to Subtopic 860-20, Transfers and Servicing—Sales
of Financial Assets, aligns implementation guidance to its corresponding
guidance. That amendment clarifies the considerations that should be
included in an analysis to determine whether a transferor once again has
effective control over transferred financial assets.
- An amendment to Subtopic 860-50, Transfers and
Servicing—Servicing Assets and Liabilities, adds guidance that existed
in AICPA Statement of Position 01-6, Accounting by Certain Entities (Including Entities With Trade Receivables) That Lend to or Finance the Activities of Others,
on the accounting for the sale of servicing rights when the transferor
retains loans that was omitted from the Accounting Standards
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