Accounting Standards Update

On May 28, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued converged guidance on recognizing revenue in contracts with customers.

The new guidance is a major achievement in the Boards’ joint efforts to improve this important area of financial reporting and establishes the following core principle: recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services.

To achieve it, a company or other organization will apply the following five steps:
• Identify the contract with a customer
• Identify the performance obligations (promises) in the contract
• Determine the transaction price
• Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract
• Recognize revenue when (or as) the reporting organization satisfies a performance obligation

For public organizations, the guidance in the Update is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim reporting periods within that reporting period. Early application is not permitted.

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