Accounting rule delays in the works
On July 17, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to issue a proposal that put several landmark accounting rule delays in effect for certain companies. If finalized, these accounting rule delays would apply to new guidance for reporting leases, hedging transactions, credit losses and long-term insurance contracts.
Summary of the changes
The following table summarizes key implementation date changes that the FASB unanimously voted to propose:
|Accounting Standards Update (ASU)||Types of entities affected by the proposed date changes||Current effective date for calendar-year entities||Proposed effective date for calendar-year entities|
|No. 2016-02, Leases||Private companies and not-for-profits||2020||2021|
|No. 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging||Private companies and not-for-profits||2020||2021|
|No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses||Smaller reporting companies||2021||2023|
|Private companies and not-for-profits||2022||2023|
|No. 2018-12, Financial Services
|Smaller reporting companies, private companies and not-for-profits||2022||2024|
The term “smaller reporting companies” refers to those that have either 1) a public float of less than $250 million, or 2) annual revenue of less than $100 million and no public float or a public float of less than $700 million.
Private companies and nonprofits often receive an extra year to implement major accounting standards updates, compared to the effective dates that apply to public companies. In a shift in its philosophy for setting reporting dates on major new accounting standards, the FASB wants to give certain entities even longer to implement the changes.
Why are these accounting rule delays needed? Many entities continue to struggle with implementing the new revenue recognition guidance that went into effect in 2018 for public companies and 2019 for other entities. A possible deferral of other new rules would also allow smaller entities to learn from public companies how to implement the changes — and it would give accounting software providers extra time to update their packages to support the new reporting models.
Proposal is coming soon
The FASB is expected to issue its proposal as soon as possible. Then it will be subject to a 30-day comment period.
These accounting rule delays, if finalized, would be welcome news for many organizations. But they’re not an excuse to procrastinate. Depending on your industry and the nature of your transactions, implementing the changes and educating stakeholders could take significant resources. Call or email your Maloney + Novotny representative or contact us using this online form before the implementation deadline to come up with a realistic game plan.