FASB issued two Accounting Standards Updates that finalize delays to various effective dates for new standards on current expected credit losses (CECL), leases, hedging, and long-duration insurance contracts.
U.S. compliance and reporting
FASB approved guidance to assist companies in their transition from interbank-offered rates to new reference rates.
FASB is attempting to enable a better, more consistent application of its new hedge accounting standard with proposed clarifications to certain sections of the guidance.
Share-based payments made to customers will be accounted for under FASB ASC Topic 718 as a result of new rules.
The board put forward a new philosophy on effective dates.
The reproposal addresses unused long-term financing arrangements.
Reference rates are seen as less susceptible to manipulation.
Revised financial instruments standards that impact all industries and apply to a broad range of financial assets have begun to take effect. The effective date for SEC filers is years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019.
FASB’s attempts to simplify the classification of debt in a classified balance sheet may have unintended consequences, according to a comment letter sent by the AICPA Technical Issues Committee.
Despite FASB’s delay in the lease accounting effective date for private companies and certain other entities, there’s not a lot of time for companies to handle a complicated implementation.
Effective dates will be delayed for private companies and certain other entities for FASB’s standards on accounting for leases, credit losses, and hedging after a unanimous vote by FASB.
A FASB proposal could render obsolete a valuable financing option for health care entities known as variable-rate debt obligations (VRDOs).
FASB has expanded the election not to consolidate for private companies with variable-interest entities. Users of private company financial statements told FASB that consolidation does not help them analyze financial statements.
The guidance was described as inconsistent and overly complex.
Accounting for leases, hedging, and credit losses would be affected.
The change addresses the measurement alternative and the equity method.
The material is being developed for a guide to help preparers.
In comments submitted to the IRS, the AICPA requested expeditious guidance concerning adjustments attributable to conversions from an S corporation to a C corporation.
Locating and reporting on lease arrangements hidden in contracts that are not labeled as leases can be a challenge under FASB’s new rules.
FASB issued a reproposal that is designed to improve guidance used to determine whether debt should be classified as a current or noncurrent liability on a classified balance sheet.