FASB votes to delay effective dates for 3 major standards

A separate standard for insurance contract accounting also was delayed.

Effective dates were set to be delayed for private companies and certain other entities for FASB's standards on accounting for leases, credit losses (known as CECL), and hedging after a unanimous vote by FASB.

In a separate project, FASB voted to delay the effective date of its standard for accounting for insurance companies issuing long-term insurance contracts.

Under a Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), the effective dates will be as follows:

  • SEC filers: The hedge accounting and lease accounting effective dates would remain for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018, and the credit loss effective date would remain for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019, except for smaller reporting companies, whose credit loss effective date would be extended to fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2022.
  • All other public business entities: The hedge accounting and lease accounting effective dates would remain for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018, while the credit loss effective date would change from fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2020, to fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2022. The effective date of fiscal years beginning after  Dec. 15, 2018, for lease accounting would also apply to employee benefit plans that file or furnish financial statements with or to the SEC as well as not-for-profit entities that have issued or are conduit bond obligors for securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or over-the-counter market.
  • Private companies and all others: The hedge accounting and lease accounting effective dates would be delayed one year to fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2020. The credit loss effective date would be delayed two years to fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2022.

The board was expected to take a formal ballot on the changes in November. Early-adoption options for the standards will remain unchanged.

FASB also voted to align the effective date of ASU No. 2017-04, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment, with the amended effective dates for the credit loss standard.

The new effective date for the long-term insurance contract standard for SEC filers excluding eligible smaller reporting companies will be fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2021, and interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the long-term insurance contract effective date will be fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2023, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2024.

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