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Business combinations

16 September 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Business combinations
We have updated our Financial reporting developments publication on business combinations to clarify and enhance our interpretative guidance. Refer to Appendix G of the publication for a detailed list of these updates.

9 July 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Intangibles - Goodwill and other
We have updated our FRD on goodwill and intangible assets to include guidance on the private company accounting alternative for goodwill and to make other enhancements to our interpretative guidance. Refer to Appendix D of the publication for a detailed list of these updates.

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Compensation matters

9 October 2014

To the Point - FASB launches project to simplify share-based payment accounting
The FASB added a project to its agenda on the accounting for share-based payments for both public and private entities. At the same meeting, the FASB made tentative decisions on the accounting for an employee’s use of shares to satisfy the employer’s minimum statutory income tax withholding obligation, forfeitures, income taxes when awards vest or are settled and the presentation of excess tax benefits on the statement of cash flows. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about these developments.

14 August 2014

Technical Line - GASB proposes changes in accounting for other postemployment benefits
The GASB has proposed changing how state and local governments calculate and report the costs and obligations associated with defined benefit other postemployment benefit (OPEB) plans. Government employers would have to record an OPEB liability in their accrual-basis financial statements for defined benefit plans in a manner more similar to private sector entities. The proposal would make a government’s obligations more transparent, and many governments would likely report a much larger OPEB liability than they do today. Our Technical Line publication analyzes the proposed guidance and highlights key changes from current practice.

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Consolidation

18 September 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Equity method investments
We have updated our Financial Reporting Developments publication on equity method investments to reflect the issuance of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-01, Accounting for Investments in Qualified Affordable Housing Projects, as well as ASU No. 2014-02, Accounting for Goodwill, a consensus of the Private Company Council. See Appendix F for more detail on other updates to this publication.

15 September 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Consolidation and the Variable Interest Model: Determination of a controlling financial interest
We have updated our Financial reporting developments publication, Consolidation and the Variable Interest Model, for recent standard-setting activities and provided further clarifications and enhancements to our interpretative guidance. Refer to Appendix I of the publication for a list of these updates.

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Fair value measurements

20 May 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Fair value measurement
We have updated our Financial reporting developments publication on fair value measurement to provide clarifications and enhancements to our interpretative guidance. The updates include new interpretive guidance regarding centrally cleared derivatives, clarified fair value considerations for the oil and gas industry, and a summary of SEC staff comments in the area of fair value measurements. Refer to Appendix F of the publication for a detailed listing of these updates.

10 July 2013

To the Point - Fair value disclosure relief for nonpublic employee benefit plans
The FASB has indefinitely deferred the requirement for certain employee benefit plans to disclosure quantitative information about the unobservable inputs used to value equity investments in their nonpublic plan sponsor and the sponsor's nonpublic affiliates. The deferral is effective immediately for financial statements that have not yet been issued. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about the new guidance.

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Financial instruments

4 September 2014

NAIC Bulletin - Summer 2014 edition
Our NAIC Bulletin contains the highlights of the Summer 2014 meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

19 June 2014

Technical Line - FASB changes accounting for certain repurchase agreements and requires new disclosures
The FASB issued final guidance that requires repurchase-to-maturity transactions to be accounted for as secured borrowings and eliminates existing guidance for repurchase financings. The guidance also requires new disclosures for certain transactions accounted for as secured borrowings and for transfers accounted for as sales when the transferor also retains substantially all of the exposure to the economic return on the transferred financial assets. Our Technical Line analyzes the new guidance and highlights key changes from current practice.

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Income taxes

8 October 2014

Quarterly tax developments - September 2014
Our September 2014 edition is designed to help you identify changes in tax law and other events when they occur so the accounting can be reflected in the appropriate period. This edition includes enacted and effective tax legislation, global tax treaties, and other items through 30 September 2014 to consider as you prepare your tax provision. We've also listed our tax and other publications that provide more detail on the topics we discuss.

18 September 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Accounting for income taxes
We have updated our Financial reporting developments publication on income taxes to enhance our interpretative guidance. See Appendix D for details on these updates.

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IFRS matters

19 December 2013

US GAAP/IFRS accounting differences identifier tool
We have updated our US GAAP/ IFRS accounting differences identifier tool, which was developed to help entities that are converting from US GAAP to IFRS or that are evaluating the effects of IFRS adoption. This release generally reflects guidance effective in 2013 and guidance finalized by the FASB and the IASB before 31 May 2013, including IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, and IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements. It also contains a discussion of current standard-setting activities at the FASB and the IASB.

6 November 2013

US GAAP versus IFRS: The basics
We have updated our US GAAP versus IFRS: The basics publication, which describes similarities and differences between US GAAP and IFRS. The updated edition generally reflects guidance effective in 2013 and guidance finalized by the FASB and the IASB before 31 May 2013, including IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, and IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements.

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Industry issues

13 October 2014

To the Point - Final IRS regulations affect how annual pharma fee is recognized
The IRS has issued final regulations for calculating the annual branded prescription drug fee imposed by the Affordable Care Act and requires covered entities to estimate and accrue the annual fee as sales occur. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know.

18 September 2014

Financial Reporting Briefs - Third quarter 2014: Financial services
This publication provides you with a snapshot of the major accounting and regulatory developments in the financial services industry during the third quarter of 2014.

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Leases

3 September 2014

To the Point - FASB addresses sale and leasebacks, US GAAP topics in leases project
The FASB made decisions to clarify the proposed guidance on accounting for sale and leaseback transactions. The Board affirmed its 2013 proposal to eliminate today’s accounting model for leveraged leases but decided that leveraged leases that exist at transition would be grandfathered. The FASB also affirmed its 2013 proposals about a discount rate policy election for lessees that are not public business entities and the accounting for related party leases. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about these decisions.

14 August 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Lease accounting
We have updated our FRD publication on lease accounting to address new guidance issued by the FASB in ASU 2014-05, Service Concession Arrangements (primarily codified in ASC 853, Service Concession Arrangements). Arrangements within the scope of ASC 853 are not within the scope of ASC 840, Leases. Other updates include additional considerations for evaluating non-performance covenants when classifying and measuring a lease and illustrative guidance for determining the inputs to a sales-type lease. Refer to Appendix D of the publication for a detailed list of updates.

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Private companies

9 October 2014

To the Point - FASB launches project to simplify share-based payment accounting
The FASB added a project to its agenda on the accounting for share-based payments for both public and private entities. At the same meeting, the FASB made tentative decisions on the accounting for an employee’s use of shares to satisfy the employer’s minimum statutory income tax withholding obligation, forfeitures, income taxes when awards vest or are settled and the presentation of excess tax benefits on the statement of cash flows. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about these developments.

18 September 2014

To the Point - PCC wraps up intangible assets and discusses share-based payments
The PCC voted to finalize an alternative that would allow private companies to simplify their accounting for intangible assets acquired in a business combination and sent it to the FASB for endorsement. The PCC decided to provide input for a project the FASB plans to launch on both private and public company accounting for share-based payments. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about the PCC meeting this week.

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Revenue recognition

17 September 2014

Technical Line - The new revenue recognition standard - engineering and construction
Our Technical Line considers key implications of the revenue recognition standard for engineering and construction entities. This publication supplements our Technical Line, A closer look at the new revenue recognition standard, and should be read in conjunction with it.

4 September 2014

Technical Line - The new revenue recognition standard - aerospace and defense
Our Technical Line considers key implications of the revenue recognition standard for aerospace and defense entities. This publication supplements our Technical Line, A closer look at the new revenue recognition standard, and should be read in conjunction with it.

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SEC/Other regulators

23 September 2014

SEC Comments and Trends - September 2014
Our 2014 SEC Comments and Trends publication is designed to help you understand what the SEC staff is focusing on in its comments on public company filings as you head into the year-end reporting season. Disclosures about significant judgments and estimates, including those related to segment reporting, goodwill impairment, income taxes and revenue recognition, continue to be hot topics. We’ve also seen an increase in comments on internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures. Our publication also highlights recent observations from the SEC staff about how to evaluate its comments and includes a section on best practices when responding to comment letters from the SEC staff.

15 September 2014

Technical Line - GAO updates internal control standards for the federal government
The Government Accountability Office updated its internal control standards for the federal government (Green Book) to align them with the 2013 version of the internal control framework many companies use to assess internal control over financial reporting. Our Technical Line publication tells you what you need to know about the updated standards.

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Periodic updates

9 October 2014

SEC in Focus - October 2014
Our SEC in Focus provides an update on activities and events relating to SEC matters that occurred during the third quarter of 2014.

8 October 2014

Quarterly tax developments - September 2014
Our September 2014 edition is designed to help you identify changes in tax law and other events when they occur so the accounting can be reflected in the appropriate period. This edition includes enacted and effective tax legislation, global tax treaties, and other items through 30 September 2014 to consider as you prepare your tax provision. We've also listed our tax and other publications that provide more detail on the topics we discuss.

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More topics

16 October 2014

To the Point - FASB finishes deliberations on not-for-profit proposal
The FASB has wrapped up deliberations on a proposal that would change financial reporting by all not-for-profit entities, including business-oriented health care entities. Our To The Point discusses the Board’s proposed changes to how not-for-profit entities classify net assets, measure financial performance and cash flows, classify expenses, and provide information about liquidity.

16 October 2014

To the Point - FASB issues simplification proposals on debt issuance costs and retirement benefits
The FASB issued proposals to simplify the presentation of debt issuance costs and the measurement date for defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plan sponsors as part of the Board’s simplification initiative. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about the exposure drafts.

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