State and local governments grant tax credits and incentives to large corporations for choosing to setup shop in their cities. The lure of creating new jobs and boosting the local economy spells success for state and local government officials.
The worldwide marketplace for economic development incentives facilitates over $300 billion in transactions every year. However, these are not just free giveaways to a company. In exchange for an incentive package, a business is expected to create value for that community.
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.
The site selection process is one of the most significant aspects of opening a new facility or corporate location. When companies are deciding where to site a new location, factors such as labor, real estate, demographics, proximity to market, taxation, state & local regulations and many other factors must be considered.
In a digital era where software is eating the world, the vast majority of public companies are struggling to stay current when it comes to deploying new technologies in their tax and finance departments. It’s true that one of the primary duties of the chief financial officer is to de-risk the enterprise, but at what cost when they are losing competitive advantage due to slow adoption of new technology?
According to Wikipedia, the source that popularized this pictorial maxim is a 17th-century carving over a door of the famous Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō, Japan. The three wise monkeys symbolize the proverbial principle "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". There are many meanings associated with this proverb and it's often used to describe someone turning a blind eye.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been deliberating its project for a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Government Assistance (Topic 832): Disclosures by Business Entities about Government Assistance since January 29, 2014. BIGcontrols, submitted a comment letter on the FASB's Exposure Draft for Topic 832 on the February 10, 2016 deadline.
Part 3 of a 3-Part Series
I just returned from the Credits & Incentives Symposium, hosted by IPT (Institute for Professionals in Taxation). One of the consistent themes I heard in many of the sessions I attended was a concern around compliance management of tax credits & incentives - from both industry and government agencies.
Part 2 of a 3-Part Series
The Financial Standards Accounting Board (FASB) is about to issue an Exposure Draft on its project “Disclosures by Business Entities about Government Assistance”. One of the primary objectives of the FASB’s project on new disclosure requirements for government incentives is to provide transparency where none exists today.
Part 1 of a 3-Part Series
It’s no surprise that no one is talking about a new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) pronouncement on government incentives that’s coming down the pike. For years, major corporations have been burying how they account for government incentives on their balance sheets & footnotes to their financial statements under some random line item like “Other Assets”.
The concept of accountability isn’t new — especially when discussing taxpayer dollars and where they are spent by government agencies. Governments are under constant scrutiny regarding tax revenue and expenditures from their constituents, the media, and the public as a whole. However, there has been an increasing call for accountability when it comes to corporate tax credits and incentives for economic development.