FASB Delays Effective Date of Revenue Recognition and Leases Standards for Certain Entities

FASB Issues ASU Related to Revenue Recognition and Leases Standards.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU)  No. 2017-13 which adds, amends, and supersedes SEC paragraphs of the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) related to the adoption and transition provisions of ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts with Customers and ASU 2016-02, Leases for public business entities. The ASU is titled: Revenue Recognition (Topic 605), Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), Leases (Topic 840), and Leases (Topic 842): Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to the Staff Announcement at the July 20, 2017 EITF Meeting and Rescission of Prior SEC Staff Announcements and Observer Comments.

ASU Delays Effective Date of Revenue Recognition and Leases Standards for Certain Entities

This new ASU codifies portions of an SEC Staff Announcement made at the July 20, 2017 Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) meeting essentially delaying the effective date of the revenue recognition and leases standards for a subset of public entities. The SEC Observer made the following SEC Staff Announcement, “Transition Related to Accounting Standards Updates No. 2014-09 and 2016-02,” at the July 20, 2017 EITF meeting:

“The SEC staff would not object to a public business entity that otherwise would not meet the definition of a public business entity except for a requirement to include or the inclusion of its financial statements or financial information in another entity’s filing with the SEC adopting (1) ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, and (2) ASC Topic 842, Leases for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.

A public business entity that otherwise would not meet the definition of a public business entity except for a requirement to include or the inclusion of its financial statements or financial information in another entity’s filing with the SEC may still elect to adopt ASC Topic 606 and ASC Topic 842 according to the public business entity effective dates outlined above.

This announcement is applicable only to public business entities that otherwise would not meet the definition of a public business entity except for a requirement to include or the inclusion of its financial statements or financial information in another entity’s filing with the SEC. This announcement is not applicable to other public business entities.”

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