FASB Seeks Public Comment on CECL Implementation Delay



The Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that would grant private companies, not-for-profit organizations and certain small public companies additional time to implement FASB standards on current expected credit losses (CECL), leases, and hedging. Stakeholders are encouraged to review and provide comment on the proposed ASU by September 16, 2019.

The proposed ASU describes a new FASB philosophy that extends and simplifies how effective dates for major standards are staggered between larger public companies and all other entities. Those other entities include private companies, smaller public companies, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Under this philosophy, a major standard would first be effective for larger public companies. For all other entities, the Board would consider requiring an effective date staggered at least two years later. Generally, it is expected that early application would continue to be permitted for all entities.

“Based on what we’ve learned from our stakeholders, including the Private Company Council and the Small Business Advisory Committee, private companies, not-for-profit organizations and some small public companies would benefit from additional time to apply major standards,” stated FASB Chairman Russell G. Golden. “This represents an important shift in the FASB’s philosophy around effective dates, one we believe will support better overall implementation of these standards.”

The proposed ASU and a FASB In Focus overview document are available at the FASB website.

Established in 1973 and based in Norwalk, CT, the FASB is the independent, private-sector organization, that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). It is recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the designated accounting standard setter for public companies.

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