The effective date of the new lease accounting standard, Accounting Standard Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), is quickly approaching with an effective date for fiscal years ending after Dec. 15, 2018 and Dec. 15, 2019 for public and non-public companies respectively. ASU 2016-02 is the first major change in lease accounting in over 30 years following the issuance of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 13 in 1976 . Working towards convergence with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and greater transparency are a couple of the major driving forces behind the new standard.
Recently, FASB issued ASU No. 2017-11, which changed the accounting for down round features and indefinite deferrals.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new Accounting Standard Update in early 2017 (ASU 2017-05) to clarify guidance on Accounting Standard Codification (ASC) Subtopic 610-20 - Gains and Losses from the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets. All public entities should apply the amendments in ASU 2017-05 to annual reporting periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2017.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-08 to update the amortization period of certain callable debt securities held at a premium, requiring the premium to be amortized to the earliest call date. Entities generally amortize the premiums and discounts on callable debt securities over the contractual life of the instrument under current GAAP.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-01 in order to have more consistent application of accounting principles relating to business and asset acquisitions and disposals. The ASU aims to achieve this by clarifying the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses.
In March 2016 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-07, Investments - Equity Method and Joint Ventures (Topic 323): Simplifying the Transition to the Equity Method of Accounting,
The update affects all entities that have an investment that becomes qualified for the equity method of accounting as a result of an increase in the level of ownership interest or degree of influence.
In 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) drafted an updated lease accounting standard to recognize lease liabilities on the balance sheet with corresponding right-of-use assets. In May 2013, The FASB issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update, Leases (Topic 842). Since the proposed standard was issued, FASB deliberated proposals in the May 2013 Exposure Draft. Recently, the Board updated the Standard for two items: an exception to the lease classification test and an effective date for adoption of the standard.
At its Dec. 15, 2015 meeting, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) adopted new rules that provide audit firm transparency to public company investors. The rules require audit firms to disclose information regarding certain audit participants in public company audits.
On December 20, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued a staff report to Congress regarding its disclosure rules for US public companies (Regulation S-K), which was mandated by Congress in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups ("JOBS") Act of 2012 and provides a framework for disclosure reform.