Disclosure Simplification: SEC Referral Prompts FASB to Seek GAAP Tweaks
Last August, when the SEC adopted its disclosure simplification rules, it referred to FASB certain Reg S-X & S-K line items that overlapped with GAAP but called for incremental disclosure, and asked FASB to consider incorporating those additional disclosure requirements into GAAP. Here’s an excerpt from a SEC Institute blog describing FASB’s recent response:
On May 6, 2019, the FASB issued an exposure draft related to this “referral” from the SEC. The proposed amendments in the exposure draft would modify disclosure or presentation requirements in a variety of topics in the Codification, ranging from removing the impracticability exception, to the requirement to disclose revenues for each product and service or each group of similar products and services, to adding disclosure of where derivative instruments and their related gains and losses are reported in the statement of cash flows.
A chart summarizing the proposed changes to GAAP is included in the exposure draft. FASB also decided not to implement some of potential changes referred by the SEC. These include changes to GAAP that would have required financial statement disclosure of:
– The formula for calculating the number of shares available for issuance under an equity comp plan required Item 201(d) of Reg S-K
– The identity of 10% customers required by Item 101(c) of Reg S-K
– Discounts on shares as a deduction from equity accounts either on the face of the balance sheet or in the notes as required by Rule 4-07 of Reg S-X
– Significant changes in the authorized or issued debt since the date of the latest balance sheet as required by Rule 4-08(f) of Reg S-X
– Amounts of related party transactions on the face of the financial statements as required by Rule 4-08(k)(1) of Reg S-X.
Comments on the proposed changes laid out in FASB’s exposure draft are due by June 28, 2019.
– John Jenkins, TheCorporateCounsel.net May 17, 2019
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