Audit & Accounting Update: December 29, 2016

At Insero, we make it our business to stay abreast of the latest trends and technical updates in accounting, tax, and audit and we understand how important timely updates are to our clients. As a member of the RSM US Alliance, we also have the benefit of access to the resources and subject matter experts of RSM US LLP (formerly known as McGladrey LLP). This includes regular updates on the latest financial reporting insights. We hope that you find these informative and useful, and invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Changes to revenue recognition for business and professional services
Our recent summary discusses how service providers will be affected by the FASB’s new revenue recognition guidance.
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FASB addresses down round features and indefinite deferral provisions
A new FASB proposal addresses some of the accounting complexity associated with instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity.
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Non-GAAP financial measures: Continuing the conversation
A recent Center for Audit Quality paper provides information for stakeholders to consider regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
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Audit and Accounting Updates for Business Owners and Financial Professionals

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Audit & Accounting Update: FASB Approves Deferral of the Effective Date of the Revenue Recognition Standard

In April 2015, the FASB issued for public comment a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, which would defer the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard by one year. The FASB recently voted to approve this deferral.

The final ASU would permit public organizations to apply the new revenue standard to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Nonpublic organizations would be permitted to apply the new revenue standard to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. (more…)

Audit & Accounting Update: Cloud Computing, Compensation, Revenue Recognition, Debt Issue Costs, and Derivatives and Hedging

Cloud Computing Arrangements — FASB Clarifies a Customer’s Accounting for Fees Paid in a Cloud Computing Arrangement

The FASB has issued ASU No. 2015-05, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Fees Paid in a Cloud Computing Arrangement. Existing GAAP does not include explicit guidance about a customer’s accounting for fees paid in a cloud computing arrangement. Examples of cloud computing arrangements include: (a) software as a service; (b) platform as a service; (c) infrastructure as a service; and (d) other similar hosting arrangements.

The amendments add guidance to Subtopic 350-40, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Internal-Use Software, which will help entities evaluate the accounting for fees paid by a customer in a cloud computing arrangement. The guidance already exists in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification™ in paragraphs 985-605-55-121 through 55-123, but it is included in a Subtopic applied by cloud service providers to determine whether an arrangement includes the sale or license of software.

The amendments provide guidance to customers about whether a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license. If a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license, then the customer should account for the software license element of the arrangement consistent with the acquisition of other software licenses. If a cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the customer should account for the arrangement as a service contract. The amendments do not change the accounting for a customer’s accounting for service contracts. As a result of the amendments, all software licenses within the scope of Subtopic 350-40 will be accounted for consistent with other licenses of intangible assets.

For public business entities, the amendments will be effective for annual periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2015. For all other entities, the amendments will be effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015, and interim periods in annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption is permitted for all entities.

An entity can elect to adopt the amendments either: (1) prospectively to all arrangements entered into or materially modified after the effective date; or (2) retrospectively. For prospective transition, the only disclosure requirements at transition are the nature of and reason for the change in accounting principle, the transition method, and a qualitative description of the financial statement line items affected by the change. For retrospective transition, the disclosure requirements at transition include the requirements for prospective transition and quantitative information about the effects of the accounting change. (more…)