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.
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.
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.
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.