FASB Issues SFAC 8

The Financial Accounting Standards Board continued making progress on its Conceptual Framework Project by issuing a new concept statement earlier this week. The Conceptual Framework Project is a joint effort with the IASB, aimed at producing a signal framework that both Boards could use in developing (ideally converged) standards. This new concept statement, SFAC 8, [...] Read more > >

Who is complaining about POC accounting?

One of the frequent criticisms the revenue recognition project has received in the past few years is that the proposed new standard would change revenue recognition in areas that do not seem to pose any problems today. One example of that is the construction industry, where the proposed new standard has the potential to change [...] Read more > >

Continued discussion related to the Financial Statement Presentation Roundtable

One important topic of yesterday’s very interesting roundtable with Nick Cappiello is the staff draft proposal to include an “operating-finance” section in the balance sheet. The staff apparently views some transactions to have characteristics of both operations and financing of those operations. Ideally, I guess most users would like a clear distinction between operating items and items [...] Read more > >

Does revenue recognition require a customer?

I’ve just finished reading the IASB/FASB exposure draft on revenue recognition, and I have all kinds of questions running through my head. But before I get to those questions, let me first say that I am very impressed with this document. In fewer than 90 paragraphs of guidance (ignoring application guidance), the IASB/FASB have laid [...] Read more > >

Revenue Recognition Exposure Draft Exposed

The FASB and IASB released their exposure draft of their proposed revenue recognition standards. From paragraphs IN8 and IN9 of the official document In summary, the core principle [of revenue recognition] would require an entity to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration [...] Read more > >

This Just In from Air Traffic Control

**See bottom of post for a June 25 update.** After suffering through a 5-hour delay in Newark on Friday, it appears that I was not the only one about to be subjected to delay. Many of you have probably been wondering how the FASB and IASB were going to accomplish the monumental task of finishing [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion – Perspectives on Standard Setting

On Tuesday, May 4th, 4 pm ET, we will be joined by Tom Selling of The Accounting Onion. Tom will be discussing his opinions of standard setting in general, including fundamental questions regarding recognition, measurement and disclosure. In the process, he will also be providing his thoughts on selected portions of the current FASB/IASB agenda. [...] Read more > >

SEC says IFRS still on hold

The SEC essentially punted today on the decision to adopt IFRS in the U.S.  Acknowledging that the SEC is in the same position they were in November 2008 (when the proposed roadmap was originally issued), Mary Schapiro said the SEC hopes to be in a position by 2011 to make this decision. One of the [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion: Jim Leisenring, IASB Board Member

On Tuesday, Jan 12th, 4 pm ET, we will be joined by Jim Leisenring. Jim is currently a member of the IASB, where he has been serving since 2001. Given his prior role as a director and later a board member at the FASB, Jim arguably has more standard setting experience than just about any [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion: Patrick Finnegan, IASB Board Member

On Tuesday, Dec 1st, 4 pm ET, we will be joined by Patrick Finnegan, who was recently appointed to a 5-year term on the International Accounting Standards Board. Pat is a former Director of the Financial Reporting Policy Group at CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity, where he led a team responsible for providing [...] Read more > >