The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new lease standards in 2016, ASC 842, replacing and modifying current financial accounting and reporting for lessees and lessors. The new standard is a significant shift in accounting processes, which can impact various other aspects of a business.
On March 21, 2022, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee ruled in favor of CIC Services, LLC (“CIC”) in their case against the IRS regarding Notice 2016-66 (the “Notice”). In CIC Services, LLC v. IRS (“CIC Services”), the ruling stated that IRS did not comply with the mandatory notice-and-comment requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act (“APA”) and the IRS’ issuance of the Notice was arbitrary and capricious as set forth under the APA.
The new lease accounting standard is here for private companies. The revised lease guidance was introduced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2016 as Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02 creating Topic 842, Leases, of the Accounting Standards Codification (Topic 842 or the Lease Standard). Topic 842 is intended to “increase transparency and comparability among organizations by recognizing lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet and disclosing key information about leasing arrangements.”
In October 2021, the Financial Accounting Standards Board released Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2021-08, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Accounting for Contract Assets and Contract Liabilities from Contracts with Customers, which clarifies how to properly account for deferred revenue in a business combination. This change was a long time coming after opposing views began to debate the proper treatment of deferred revenue after ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) (also, ASC 606) went into effect.
Bennett Thrasher, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing certified public accounting and consulting firms, is one of six firms in the country approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) to conduct new mandatory film tax credit audits for production companies.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes a temporary rule providing COVID-related relief from certain partial plan terminations for employee benefit plans. Under this provision, a plan is not treated as having a partial plan termination during any plan year which includes the period beginning on March 13, 2020, and ending on March 31, 2021, if the number of active participants covered by the plan on March 31, 2021, is at least 80 percent of the number of active participants covered by the plan on March 13, 2020.
There is no disputing that the intent of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act of 2020 is to provide immediate and tangible economic relief to American workers, families and small businesses. What has been less clear since its passage in March 2020 is how the acceptance of funds available through various CARES Act programs could impact single audit requirements.
As was publicized earlier this month, FASB officially approved the deferral of the new lease accounting standard (ASC 842) for private companies for another year. The new effective date is for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, or 2021 for calendar year companies.
On Wednesday, FASB made the additional one-year deferral of the new Lease Accounting standard, as well as two others, official. These delays had long been sought by private companies as they attempted to implement the complex revised standards.