FASB Improves the Effectiveness of Disclosures in Notes to Financial
Norwalk, CT, August 28, 2018—The Financial
Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today
issued two changes to the FASB’s
conceptual framework and two Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs)
that improve the effectiveness of disclosures in notes to financial
“The two changes to our Conceptual Framework will help
the Board identify and evaluate disclosure requirements in accounting standards
and clarify the concept of materiality,” said FASB Chairman Russell
G. Golden. “Meanwhile, the new standards improve fair value and defined
benefit disclosure requirements by removing disclosures that are not cost
beneficial, clarifying disclosures’ specific requirements, and adding relevant
A new chapter in the Conceptual
Framework on disclosures.
explains what information the Board should consider including in notes to
financial statements by describing the purpose of notes, the nature of
appropriate content, and general limitations. It also addresses the Board’s
considerations specific to interim reporting disclosure requirements.
An update to an existing chapter of the Conceptual Framework
for its definition of materiality.
aligns the FASB’s definition of materiality with other definitions in the
financial reporting system. The materiality concepts will now be consistent with
the definition of materiality used by the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, the auditing standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight
Board and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the United
States judicial system.
An ASU on Fair Value Measurement
improves the disclosure requirements on fair value measurements in Topic 820,
Fair Value Measurement. The amendments are effective for all organizations for
fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after
December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted.
An ASU on
Defined Benefit Plan disclosure requirements.
improves disclosure requirements for employers that sponsor defined benefit
pension or other postretirement plans. The amendments are effective for fiscal
years ending after December 15, 2020, for public companies, and for fiscal years
ending after December 15, 2021, for all other organizations. Early adoption is
More information about the Conceptual Framework changes
and the ASUs can be found at http://www.fasb.org/.
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in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes financial accounting and reporting
standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that
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