Project Update

Disclosure Framework—Disclosure Review: Inventory

Last updated on December 2, 2016. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.

(Updated sections are indicated with an asterisk *)

The staff has prepared this summary of Board decisions for information purposes only. Those Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.

Project Objective and Overview
*Due Process Documents
Decisions Reached at Last Meeting
Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date
*Next Steps
Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
*Contact Information

Project Objective and Overview

The objective and primary focus of the Disclosure Framework project is to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in notes to financial statements by clearly communicating the information that is most important to users of each entity’s financial statements. Achieving the objective of improving effectiveness will require development of a framework that promotes consistent decisions about disclosure requirements by the Board and the appropriate exercise of discretion by reporting entities.

To achieve this objective, the Disclosure Framework project comprises two components: the Board’s Decision Process and the Entity’s Decision Process.

The Board has decided to perform reviews of four areas that will incorporate both components of the Disclosure Framework project. Therefore, each review will include (1) an evaluation of existing disclosure requirements within the Topic after applying the concepts in the Board’s decision process and (2) consideration of ways to promote the appropriate use of discretion specifically within the Topic.

This page provides updates on the disclosure review of inventory (Section 330-10-50). For information on the other three disclosure reviews, see the following:
  1. Defined benefit plans (Section 715-20-50)
  2. Fair value measurement (Section 820-10-50)
  3. Income taxes (Section 740-10-50)
Additionally, disclosure requirements for interim reporting are being evaluated for modifications.

The FASB staff has developed a “Q&A: FASB’s Disclosure Framework Project” fact sheet which can be viewed here.

*Due Process Documents

On January 10, 2017, the Board issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update, Inventory (Topic 330): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Inventory. The due date for comment letters is March 13, 2017.

Decisions Reached at Last Meeting (November 16, 2016)

The Board decided to require an entity that applies the retail inventory method to qualitatively and quantitatively disclose the critical assumptions used in their calculation of the cost of inventory under the retail inventory method. The Board also concluded that the expected benefits of all the forthcoming proposed amendments to Topic 330, Inventory, justify the perceived costs.

Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date (As of November 16, 2016)

Tentative Board Decisions to Date

*Next Steps

The Board directed the staff to draft a proposed Accounting Standards Update for vote by written ballot, with a comment period of 60 days. The Board plans to hold a roundtable to discuss various topics within the Disclosure Framework projects. Depending on the timing of the roundtable, the Board decided that respondents to the proposed Update that would like to participate may be subject to a shorter comment period of 45 days.

Additionally, the FASB will host a public roundtable meeting on the Board’s decision process under the disclosure framework and on materiality in Norwalk, Connecticut on March 17, 2017. The roundtable meeting is an important part of the Board’s due process on the Exposure Drafts. The first session of the roundtable will be an opportunity for those who have submitted a comment letter on the Exposure Draft of Chapter 8 or any of the four Topical reviews (defined benefit plans, fair value measurement, income taxes, and inventory) to discuss with the FASB the effects of the proposed concepts on disclosures. The second session is an opportunity for those who have submitted a comment letter on either materiality Exposure Draft (Chapter 3 or proposed Update on Topic 235) to discuss their feedback with the FASB.

To ensure that a variety of perspectives is received, the Board is seeking participation from preparers, auditors, investors, and others. Those who desire to participate in one of the roundtable sessions should notify the FASB by submitting an online participation form by February 27, 2017. The roundtable meeting can accommodate a limited number of participants. Depending on the number of responses received, the Board may not be able to accommodate all requests to participate.

Board/Other Public Meeting Dates

The Board meeting minutes are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final standard.

November 16, 2016 Board Meeting—Inventory Disclosures
September 19, 2016 Board Meeting—Inventory Disclosures
August 24, 2016 Board Meeting—Inventory Disclosures
July 27, 2016 Board Meeting—Inventory Disclosures
January 7, 2015 Board Meeting—Scope of Disclosure Review
April 4, 2014 Board Meeting—Field Study Results and Next Steps

*Contact Information

Nick Cappiello
Project Manager

Halie Creps
Practice Fellow

Haoran Jiang
Postgraduate Technical Assistant

Mallory Bennett
Postgraduate Technical Assistant