A historic new revenue recognition standard promises at least some change for a key metric for virtually all organizations that use U.S. GAAP or IFRS for their financial reporting. Urgent preparation for the change may be needed, partly because companies that plan to do a full retrospective transition may need to have systems in place to capture data for dual reporting as soon as the beginning of 2015.
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A new international forum is bringing together key players in corporate reporting to promote more coherence, consistency, and comparability between corporate reporting frameworks, standards, and related requirements. The Corporate Reporting Dialogue was introduced Tuesday by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Along with the IIRC, participants in the Corporate Reporting
A wide assortment of new disclosures is expected to be one of the biggest challenges for financial statement preparers as they implement the new revenue recognition guidance issued last month by FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Public companies today voluntarily provide investors with many disclosures about revenue
A new group devoted to dealing with transition issues related to the new, converged revenue recognition standard will meet twice in 2014 and four times in 2015. The Joint Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition will hold its first meeting on July 18 and will consist of financial statement preparers,
Financial statement preparers are embarking on a daunting task as they begin to ramp up for implementation of the new, comprehensive, converged standard on revenue recognition. Reading and understanding the standard, which was released on Wednesday, is the first item of business for preparers, according to Brian Marshall, CPA, a
FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) released a standard on the recognition of revenue from contracts with customers that is designed to create greater comparability for financial statement users across industries and jurisdictions.
The release Wednesday of a long-awaited new revenue recognition standard had financial statement preparers settling in to read hundreds of pages of text, as standard setters celebrated the achievement of producing that text.
New amendments to two international accounting standards published Monday clarify acceptable methods of depreciation and amortization. To clarify appropriate methods, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) changed IAS 16, Property, Plant and Equipment, and IAS 38, Intangible Assets. Both standards explain that the expected pattern of consumption of an asset’s
An updated charter published Wednesday by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) establishes principles for the board’s cooperation with national standard-setting bodies, as represented by the International Forum of Accounting Standard Setters. The updated charter: Re-emphasizes the importance of the global standard-setting community to the IASB’s work and builds on
New international accounting rules for acquisitions of interests in joint operations were published Tuesday by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Amendments to IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements, specify the appropriate accounting treatment for an acquisition of an interest in a joint operation that constitutes a business. The IASB decided that
Companies may face a serious time crunch with implementation of the new, converged financial reporting standard for revenue recognition despite a seemingly long transition period, General Electric Controller and Chief Accounting Officer Jan Hauser said Thursday. The much-delayed standard, which has been approved by FASB and the International Accounting Standards
An effort to create a more accurate depiction of risk management activities known as “macro hedging” in financial reporting is reflected in a discussion paper released Thursday by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The IASB is inviting comment on a possible new approach to accounting for macro hedging because
Amendments proposed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) on Tuesday are designed to play a role in the board’s effort to reduce disclosure overload. Proposed amendments to IAS 1, Presentation of Financial Statements, are the result of one of several short-term projects under the IASB’s broader Disclosure Initiative. The
FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are struggling to find common ground in their efforts to create a converged standard for financial reporting on leases. While meeting together Tuesday at FASB’s headquarters in Norwalk, Conn., the two boards came to different conclusions in preliminary votes on financial reporting
Companies need to be aware of many possible changes as FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board put the finishing touches on the new revenue recognition standard.
Acknowledging that the converged leases project poses difficulties for standard setters, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) Chairman Hans Hoogervorst described some possible solutions Wednesday during a speech in Tokyo. The IASB and FASB are involved in new deliberations on their converged leases project after receiving feedback from financial statement preparers
The SEC plans to consider whether a single set of high-quality global accounting standards is achievable, according to one initiative described in a draft of the commission’s strategic plan for 2014 to 2018. An initiative described on page 8 of the 39-page document, which was released Monday, says the SEC
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) on Thursday issued an interim standard on rate-regulated activities for use by first-time IFRS adopters while the board works to develop a permanent standard. Previously, IFRS did not contain any guidance for rate-regulated activities. The IASB has a plan to consider the broad issue
The IFRS Foundation will receive assistance for work on international convergence projects from its U.S. counterpart, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF). FAF announced Tuesday that it will make a nonrecurring contribution of up to $3 million in 2014 to the IFRS Foundation to support the work by the International Accounting
The prospect of preparing for a historic, game-changing revenue recognition standard at a huge, global public company is a bit daunting for GE Technical Controller Russell Hodge, CPA. “I’ll admit to it being a little bit overwhelming to us,” Hodge said. “We have $150 billion of revenue and so many