The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) met on March 14, 2018 for the first time in 20 months to discuss Topic 832: Disclosures by Business Entities about Government Assistance. Given that so much time has passed between now and the last formal meeting and the Board turnover, the Board decided to make this an educational session where no formal decisions would be made.
In conjunction with ACT - the Tax Technology Association, we recently hosted a webinar to discuss the new disclosure requirements under FASB Topic 832 and how to prepare from a technology standpoint. While many have forgotten about this ASU (accounting standards update) due to tax reform and other accounting standards affecting tax, it's set to be finalized by June 30, 2018.
2018 update of this Infographic: the objective of FASB Topic 832 is to develop disclosure requirements about government assistance, also known as tax credits & incentives - this Infographic depicts a timeline of where this project originated as well as its projected completion date.
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The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been working through a project on materiality for the past year-and-a-half, because up to now, there has been no explicit U.S. GAAP accounting standard for the accounting of government assistance.
Materiality is integral to Topic 832, Accounting Standards Update, Government Assistance in terms of defining a threshold for which government incentives will ultimately have to be disclosed.
The client on the phone had a desperate tone in his voice as he said he needed help. He said the CEO was breathing down his neck. His company had not seen a dime on two of their government incentives for the last few years. On the other end of the phone, Scott Nelson, a Big Six government incentives consultant, had an “aha moment”.
With every new president, there always comes some uncertainty to how the new regime will affect policy. However, with the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump now behind us, there is a heightened level of anticipation for what might happen in the coming months. Even without the wildcard that is President Trump, a Republican controlled House and Senate will ensure that many changes will be coming that will greatly impact compliance in regulated industries in 2017.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) convened on May 4, 2016 for the first time after the Exposure Draft Comment Period closed on Topic 832 to discuss feedback from staff on the comment letters and other input from various outreach performed by the staff. Overall most stakeholders are supportive of the FASB's efforts to increase transparency in government incentives & address the diversity in practice that exists today in accounting for government assistance.