On The Horizon - April 16, 2013

Author:Ms Grant Thornton's Audit Practice Group
Profession:Grant Thornton LLP


Meeting held April 10

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At its April 10 meeting, the Board discussed the joint leasing project's effect on financial reporting complexity, a new agenda item to address a narrow fair value disclosure issue for nonpublic employee benefit plans, and the comment deadline for the Private Company Decision-Making Framework, as described below.

Board to proceed with re-exposing converged leasing guidance

The FASB discussed the proposed lease accounting model's impact on financial reporting complexity and decided to proceed with issuing an Exposure Draft on lease accounting in May for a 120-day comment period.

The proposed model would employ a dual income statement recognition approach by treating some leases as financing arrangements and others as what are known today as operating leases. Entities would recognize all leases on the balance sheet under the proposed model.

New agenda item to provide disclosure relief for nonpublic employee benefit plans

The Board decided to add a project to its agenda that would indefinitely defer certain fair value disclosure requirements for nonpublic employee benefit plans that hold shares of private company plan sponsors.

The FASB added this project in response to concerns from private company preparers that application of certain fair value disclosure requirements could result in nonpublic employee benefit plans disclosing otherwise private information about the fair value of a plan sponsor's securities. This is because nonpublic employee benefit plans, which often primarily hold sponsor shares that are classified as Level 3 financial assets, must...

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