In a new standard issued Monday, GASB addressed a wide range of accounting challenges that state and local government financial statement preparers have encountered while implementing and applying a variety of GASB statements.
GASB Statement No. 85, Omnibus 2017, addresses issues related to blending component units, goodwill, fair value measurement and application, pensions, and other post-employment benefits (OPEB).
The standard addresses the following topics:
- Blending a component unit when the primary government is a business-type activity that reports in a single column for financial statement presentation.
- Reporting amounts previously reported as goodwill and “negative” goodwill.
- Classifying real estate held by insurance entities.
- Measuring certain money-market investments and participating interest-earning investment contracts at amortized cost.
- Timing of the measurement of pension or OPEB liabilities and expenditures recognized in financial statements prepared using the current financial resources measurement focus.
- Recognizing on-behalf payments for pensions or OPEB in employer financial statements.
- Presenting payroll-related measures in required supplementary information for purposes of reporting by OPEB plans and employers that provide OPEB.
- Classifying employer-paid member contributions for OPEB.
- Simplifying certain aspects of the alternative measurement method for OPEB.
- Accounting and financial reporting for OPEB provided through certain multiple-employer defined benefit OPEB plans.
The requirements in the statement take effect for reporting periods beginning after June 15, 2017, and GASB encourages earlier application.
—Ken Tysiac (Kenneth.Tysiac@aicpa-cima.com) is a JofA editorial director.