FASB proposes guidance for measuring share-based payments to customers

The change is intended to reduce confusion after a 2018 update.

FASB issued a proposal that would provide explicit guidance on how to measure share-based payments to a customer. The proposal (available at fasb.org) would require entities to measure and classify share-based payments to a customer by applying the guidance in FASB ASC Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation.

Under the proposal, share-based payments to a customer would be measured on the basis of the grant-date fair value of the share-based payment, in accordance with Topic 718. The grant date is the date when a supplier and a customer reach a mutual understanding of the key terms and conditions of a share-based payment award.

The classification and subsequent measurement of the award would be subject to Topic 718 unless the share-based payment award is modified later and the grantee is no longer considered a customer.

If approved, the new proposal would clarify that the Topic 718 guidance should be applied in these circumstances. Comments were due April 18.

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