FASB SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSAL TO
DEFER EFFECTIVE DATE OF REVENUE RECOGNITION STANDARD
Norwalk, CT, April 29, 2015—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued for public comment a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that would defer the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard by one year. Stakeholders are encouraged to review and provide comment on the proposal by May 29, 2015.
The proposed ASU, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, 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.
Public organizations would apply the new revenue standard to interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017 (that is, a public organization would be required to apply the new revenue standard beginning in the first interim period within the year of adoption). Nonpublic organizations would apply the new revenue standard to interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019 (that is, a nonpublic organization would not be required to apply the new revenue standard in interim periods within the year of adoption).
Additionally, the proposed ASU would permit both public and nonpublic organizations to adopt the new revenue standard early, but not before the original public organization effective date (that is, annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016).
The proposed ASU—including instructions on how to submit comments—is available at www.fasb.org.
About the Financial Accounting Standards Board
Established in 1973, the FASB is the independent, private-sector, not-for-profit organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The FASB is recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the designated accounting standard setter for public companies. FASB standards are recognized as authoritative by many other organizations, including state Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The FASB develops and issues financial accounting standards through a transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial reporting that provides useful information to investors and others who use financial reports. The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the FASB. For more information, visit www.fasb.org.