Tentative Board Decisions
Tentative Board decisions are provided for those interested in following the Board’s deliberations. All of the reported decisions are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings.
Accounting for income taxes—intra-entity asset transfers. The Board discussed feedback received through additional stakeholder outreach on the proposed Accounting Standards Update, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Asset Transfers, and made the following decisions.
The Board decided to require that an entity recognize the income tax consequences of an intra-entity asset transfer, other than an intra-entity asset transfer of inventory, when the transfer occurs. For intra-entity asset transfers of inventory, the Board decided to retain current GAAP, which requires an entity to recognize the income tax consequences when the inventory has been sold to an outside party.
Transition Method and Disclosures
The Board decided that entities should apply the amendments on a modified retrospective basis, with a cumulative-effect adjustment directly to retained earnings as of the beginning of the period of adoption.
The Board affirmed the proposal that entities should disclose in the first annual period after adoption, and the interim periods within that first annual period, the nature of and reason for the change in accounting principle and certain quantitative information about the change in accounting principle.
Effective Date and Early Adoption
The Board decided that public business entities should apply the amendments in annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim reporting periods within those annual reporting periods.
The Board decided that entities other than public business entities should apply the amendments in annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods in annual periods beginning after December 15, 2019.
The Board decided to allow entities to early adopt the amendments as of the beginning of an annual reporting period beginning after the issuance date of the final Accounting Standards Update.
Permission to Ballot
The Board decided that it has received sufficient information and analysis on the proposed amendments to make an informed decision on the issues presented and that the expected benefits of the amendments justify the perceived cost of change. The Board directed the staff to draft a final Accounting Standards Update for vote by written ballot.
Nonemployee share-based payment accounting improvements. The Board continued its deliberations and made the following decisions.
The Board decided to require application of a modified retrospective approach to outstanding awards, with a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings as of the date of adoption for the following issues:
- Expanding the scope of Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation, to include share-based payment transactions for acquiring goods and services with nonemployees
- Requiring the use of expected terms as inputs to the measurements of nonemployee share-based payment awards
- Aligning the postvesting classification requirements for employee and nonemployee share-based payment awards
- Allowing nonpublic entities to make a policy election to measure liability classified awards at fair value or intrinsic value.
The Board decided that an entity should provide all transition disclosures required by Topic 250, Accounting Changes and Error Corrections, with one exception. An entity would not be required to disclose the income statement effect of the change in accounting principle in the year of adoption.
The Board decided not to require disclosures for nonemployee share-based payments beyond those currently required by Topic 718.
The staff will solicit feedback on a staff draft of the proposed Accounting Standards Update. After receiving input, the Board will discuss stakeholder feedback on the staff draft, any remaining technical decisions, and benefits and costs. The staff will then seek permission to proceed to a ballot on the proposed Update.
Revenue recognition of grants and contracts by not-for-profit entities. The Board discussed various ways to improve the existing guidance for distinguishing between grants (and similar contracts) that are nonreciprocal transactions (contributions) and those that are reciprocal transactions (exchanges).
The Board directed the staff to further explore an approach requiring that a not-for-profit entity (NFP) consider a grant (or similar contract) a reciprocal transaction if a resource provider, in making the grant (or similar contract), either (1) directly receives goods or services of commensurate value or (2) fulfills a known and explicit obligation to provide goods or services to others. If it is unclear whether the resource provider is fulfilling such an obligation by means of the grant (or similar contract), that ambiguity would be indicative of a nonreciprocal transaction.
The Board also asked the staff to explore ways to modify the table of indicators in paragraph 958-605-55-8 so as to best support this approach.