A comprehensive look at the new revenue standard (Industry-specific supplements available)

In depth Jun 11, 2014

Note: Since issuing the new revenue standard in May 2014, the FASB and IASB have proposed various amendments to the guidance. This In depth has not been updated to reflect all of the proposed changes. See In transition US2015-08, The new revenue standard — changes on the horizon, for a summary of the changes, their impact, and the areas where the FASB and IASB have taken different approaches.


The FASB and IASB issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition on May 28, 2014. Almost all entities will be affected to some extent by the significant increase in required disclosures. But the changes extend beyond disclosures, and the effect on entities will vary depending on industry and current accounting practices. Entities will need to consider changes that might be necessary to information technology systems, processes, and internal controls to capture new data and address changes in financial reporting.

The objective of the revenue standard is to provide a single, comprehensive revenue recognition model for all contracts with customers to improve comparability within industries, across industries, and across capital markets. The revenue standard contains principles that an entity will apply to determine the measurement of revenue and timing of when it is recognized.

This In depth summarizes the new revenue recognition model. The boards have established a joint Transition Resource Group (TRG) to aid entities transitioning to the new standard. We encourage entities to use this document as a guideline and monitor developments discussed by the TRG and the boards during the transition period.

Revenue recognition industry supplements

Accompanying this In depth is an initial release of industry-specific supplements with examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard. Additional supplements will be released over the coming weeks.

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