AICPA releases Q&A on effect of new mortality tables

The AICPA on Wednesday issued new nonauthoritative guidance about how and when nongovernmental employee benefit plans and nongovernmental sponsoring entities should consider, for financial reporting purposes, newly updated mortality tables if their financial statements have not yet been issued at the time the updated tables are published.

The Society of Actuaries’ Retirement Plans Experience Committee released in October 2014 its RP-2014 Mortality Tables Report, which includes new mortality tables developed for use by pension plans.

Question and Answer (Q&A) Section 3700.01 (AICPA Technical Questions and Answers) explains that the plans and sponsoring entities should consider the specific requirements of GAAP, which requires the use of a mortality assumption that reflects the best estimate of the plan’s future experience for purposes of estimating the plan’s obligation as of the current measurement date. The Q&A relates to both employer and plan pension obligations.


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