Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

Website: www.fasb.org

The mission of the FASB is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting that foster financial reporting by nongovernmental entities that provides decision-useful information to investors and other users of financial reports.

Resources


PwC resources

Status of FASB standard-setting projects
We provide quick access to the expected publication dates for select FASB standard-setting projects.

Effective dates for FASB guidance
The FASB's active standard setting means it is more important than ever to know which standards are effective when. Here we provide effective dates for the FASB's recently released guidance, segregated between public companies and nonpublic companies.

Video: FASB simplification initiative
Is the accounting world too complex? Learn about the FASB simplification initiative from PwC's talk with Sue Cosper, technical director at the FASB.

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Select news releases

FAF seeks comments on Private Company Council three-year assessment
FASB - 02/26/2015
The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) issued a Request for Comment seeking stakeholder input as part of an assessment of the Private Company Council’s (PCC) effectiveness, accomplishments, and future role in setting standards for private companies. The assessment is intended to assist the Trustees in determining whether the PCC is fulfilling its mission and meeting its primary objectives, and whether the Trustees should make any changes in the PCC’s structure that would improve the PCC’s effectiveness.

FASB issues proposed Taxonomy implementation guide on disclosures about offsetting assets & liabilities
FASB - 02/24/2015
The FASB issued a proposed U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Implementation Guide, Disclosure about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities. The proposed guide provides examples to help users of the Taxonomy understand how the modeling for disclosures of offsetting assets and liabilities is structured within the Taxonomy. The examples are based on the assumption that an entity meets the criteria for reporting offsetting assets and liabilities under U.S. GAAP and/or SEC authoritative literature.

FASB summarizes cost and benefits of new consolidation guidance for legal entities
FASB - 02/23/2015
The FASB published a document titled Understanding Costs and Benefits: ASU: Consolidation (Topic 810), which summarizes how the board considered the expected costs and benefits of its new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, and the process the FASB undertook to conclude that the expected benefits of the amendments in this ASU justify the anticipated costs.

FASB issues ASU to improve consolidation guidance for legal entities
FASB - 02/18/2015
The FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis. The new guidance applies to entities in all industries and provides a new scope exception to registered money market funds and similar unregistered money market funds. It makes targeted amendments to the current consolidation guidance and ends the deferral granted to investment companies from applying the VIE guidance.

FASB publishes recap of February 13 PCC meeting
FASB - 02/13/2015
At its February 13 meeting, the Private Company Council (PCC) discussed (1) the definition of a public business entity, (2) accounting for financial instruments—disclosures, and (3) update on improvements to share-based payments. The PCC also raised an issue regarding disclosure of open tax years if there are no material uncertain tax positions and and expressed concerns about the FASB’s project on simplifying the presentation of debt issuance cost.

FASB proposes two ASUs on income taxes as part of simplification initiative
FASB - 01/22/2015
On January 22, the FASB issued an exposure draft of two proposed ASUs related to the accounting for income taxes: (1) Intra-Entity Asset Transfers and (2) Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes. The proposed ASUs are part of the Board’s simplification initiative aimed at reducing complexity in accounting standards.

FASB issues accounting alternative for private companies on intangible assets in business combinations
FASB - 12/23/2014
The FASB issued guidance intended to improve private company financial reporting regarding accounting for identifiable intangible assets in a business combination. The new guidance, based on a consensus reached by the Private Company Council (PCC), allows a private company to elect an accounting alternative for the recognition of certain intangible assets acquired in a business combination.

FASB issues 2015 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy
FASB - 12/18/2014
The FASB announced the availability of the 2015 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy pending final acceptance by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Taxonomy is a list of computer-readable tags in XBRL that allows companies to tag precisely the thousands of pieces of financial data that are included in typical long-form financial statements and related footnote disclosures.

FAF, FASB, and GASB release draft strategic plan
FASB - 12/04/2014
The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), the FASB and the GASB have issued a draft of their updated strategic plan (Notes link; web/mobile link) that articulates their long-range vision and mission to develop high-quality financial accounting standards for both public and private entities, not for profit organizations, and state and local governments. Interested parties are welcome to comment on the plan. The FAF Board of Trustees is expected to consider adopting the plan at its February 2015 meeting.

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Proposed standards

See the FASB's website for a copy of all outstanding proposed Standards.

Proposed Accounting Standards Update—Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Disclosures about Hybrid Financial Instruments with Bifurcated Embedded Derivatives
FASB - 02/24/2015
This proposed ASU is intended to increase the transparency and usefulness of the information provided in the notes to financial statements about hybrid financial instruments that contain bifurcated embedded derivatives. The amendments in the proposed Accounting Standards Update would require that an entity disclose (in both interim and annual reporting periods) the carrying amount, measurement attribute, and line item within the balance sheet and the income statement in which each bifurcated embedded derivative and its related host contract are presented.[Comments due - April 30, 2015]

Proposed Taxonomy Implementation Guide: Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities
FASB - 02/24/2015
This proposed U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Implementation Guide provides examples to help users of the Taxonomy understand how the modeling for disclosures of offsetting assets and liabilities is structured within the Taxonomy. The examples are based on the assumption that an entity meets the criteria for reporting offsetting assets and liabilities under U.S. GAAP and/or SEC authoritative literature. [Comments due - April 27, 2015]

Proposed Accounting Standards Updates—Income Taxes (Topic 740): (1) Intra-Entity Asset Transfers and (2) Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes
FASB - 12/04/2014
The FASB published two proposed ASUs concerning accounting for income taxes as part of its initiative to reduce complexity in accounting standards: (1) Intra-Entity Asset Transfers – proposes to eliminate the exception in GAAP that prohibits recognizing current and deferred income tax consequences for an intra-entity asset transfer until the asset or assets have been sold to an outside party; and (2) Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes – proposes that deferred tax liabilities and assets be classified as noncurrent in a classified statement of financial position. [Comments due - May 29, 2015]

Proposed Accounting Standards Update—Financial Services—Investment Companies (Topic 946): Disclosures about Investments in Other Investment 
FASB - 12/04/2014
The amendments in this proposed ASU would require a feeder fund in a master-feeder arrangement to provide the master fund’s financial statements along with its financial statements. The proposed amendments also would expand the scope of the current requirement to disclose certain information about investments held by investee funds that exceed 5 percent of the reporting entity’s net assets to include reporting investment companies that are regulated under the Act. [Comments due - February 17, 2015]

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PwC comment letters

PwC comments on the FASB's proposed guidance on investment company disclosures
PwC - 02/19/2015
PwC generally supports the board’s decision to improve the accounting for investment companies by providing consistent presentation and disclosure requirements for both regulated and non-regulated investment companies that invest in other investment companies. However, we suggest the board narrow the scope of the proposal to only include those master-feeder arrangements where the funds are affiliated.

PwC comments on the FASB's proposal to simplify benefit plan measurement dates
PwC - 12/15/2014
PwC supports the FASB's decision to simplify the accounting for Compensation - retirement benefits (Topic 715) by providing a practical expedient for employers with fiscal year-end dates that do not fall on a calendar month-end. Permitting those employers to use the month-end closest to their fiscal year-end date alleviates the potentially difficult task of rolling forward or back the actuarial valuation of liabilities and the fair values of plan assets or otherwise documenting that such activity is immaterial.

PwC comments on FASB's proposal to simplify debt issuance cost presentation
PwC - 12/11/2014
PwC supports the FASB’s decision to simplify accounting for debt issue costs and agrees with the transition method.

PwC comments on the FASB's proposed ASU, Technical Corrections and Improvements
PwC - 12/02/2014
PwC generally agrees with the FASB’s proposed corrections to existing standards, but suggests certain improvements.

PwC comments on the FASB's Cloud computing arrangements proposal
PwC - 11/20/2014
PwC supports the FASB’s proposal that customers in a cloud computing arrangement should use the same guidance that exists for vendors to evaluate whether the arrangement includes a software license. We also support the board’s proposed transition method and effective dates.

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Final standards

See the FASB's website for a copy of each Accounting Standards Update (ASU).

Accounting Standard Update No. 2015-02
FASB – 02/18/2015
Consolidation (Topic 810): Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis

Accounting Standard Update No. 2015-01
FASB – 01/09/2015
Income Statement—Extraordinary and Unusual Items (Subtopic 225-20): Simplifying Income Statement Presentation by Eliminating the Concept of Extraordinary Items

Accounting Standard Update No. 2014-18
FASB – 12/23/2014
Business Combinations (Topic 805): Accounting for Identifiable Intangible Assets in a Business Combination (a consensus of the Private Company Council)

Accounting Standard Update No. 2014-17
FASB – 11/18/2014
Business Combinations (Topic 805): Pushdown Accounting (a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force)

Accounting Standard Update No. 2014-16
FASB – 11/03/2014
Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Determining Whether the Host Contract in a Hybrid Financial Instrument Issued in the Form of a Share Is More Akin to Debt or to Equity

Accounting Standard Update No. 2014-15
FASB – 08/27/2014
Presentation of Financial Statements—Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern

Accounting Standard Update No. 2014-14
FASB – 08/08/2014
Receivables—Troubled Debt Restructurings by Creditors (Subtopic 310-40): Classification of Certain Government-Guaranteed Mortgage Loans upon Foreclosure

Accounting Standard Update No. 2014-13
FASB – 08/05/2014
Consolidation (Topic 810): Measuring the Financial Assets and the Financial Liabilities of a Consolidated Collateralized Financing Entity

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Meeting minutes

Meeting minutes - Current and archived
FASB - As issued
Provides access to the current and archived FASB board meeting handouts as issued by the FASB. See also the Tentative Board Decisions section of the FASB's website for a summary of current and recent tentative decisions reached at FASB meetings.

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