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IASB cracking down on window dressing

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the global body whose rules are used in more than 100 countries, has strengthened regulations requiring banks to disclose window dressing transactions.
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FASB clarifies accounting for troubled debt restructurings by creditors

The FASB has issued an Exposure Draft of a proposed Accounting Standards Update intended to increase transparency in financial reporting about troubled debt restructurings.
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IASB and FASB complete first stage of conceptual framework

The International Accounting Standards Board and the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board announced the completion of the first phase of a project to develop an improved conceptual framework for International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S. generally accepted accounting practices.
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AICPA supports separate standards board for private companies

In a statement issued in advance of a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on private company standards setting, panel member Barry Melancon said he expected the panel to recommend a new model of financial reporting that will generate different standards for private companies.
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Herz to retire as chairman of FASB

Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), will retire as of October 1, two years before his current term expires.
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Businesses await new standard for lease accounting

The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board are on track to publish the final version of a common standard on lease accounting during the second quarter of 2011. The standard could go into effect as early as 2013.
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Blue Ribbon Panel leans toward separate GAAP for private companies

At its most recent meeting the Financial Accounting Foundation's (FAF) Blue Ribbon Panel chairman asked the panel to define the problem that private companies faced with U.S. GAAP and to narrow the field for proposed alternative models.
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Tax planning for IFRS adoption might be slowing

A sense of urgency once felt in tax departments to prepare for the potential implications of IFRS might have been replaced in recent months by uncertainty, as regulatory bodies issued statements seeming to indicate a slowing in the pace of movement toward adoption of IFRS.
Community News

Financial Accounting Foundation names Schroeder to lead review of accounting standards

The Financial Accounting Foundation has announced that Mark Schroeder, a recently retired senior partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, has been named post-implementation review leader.
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IASB, FASB to focus on convergence between IFRS and US GAAP

The International Accounting Standards Board and the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board recently announced their intention to prioritize convergence projects to permit a sharper focus on issues and projects they believe will bring about improvement and convergence between IFRSs and U.S. GAAP.
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AccountingWEB Exclusive: Former FDIC Chief says FASB proposal is "irresponsible"

William Isaac, former chairman of the FDIC and chairman of consulting firm LECG's global financial services unit, tells AccountingWEB that he expects banks to react very negatively to the FASB's recent proposal.
Tax

Lehman update: SEC, FASB to review repo accounting rules

The Financial Accounting Standards Board will evaluate the need for accounting rule changes relating to repurchase transactions following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s review of how financial institutions other than Lehman Brothers use these transactions.

Systemic risk legislation update: No change in FASB oversight

In the face of opposition from the accounting profession and business community, the House Financial Services Committee has approved a revised amendment to the Financial Stability Improvement Act.

Systemic risk legislation amendment threatens FASB’s independence

Barry Melancon and Cindy Fornelli participated in a joint briefing on Monday to express their strong opposition to an amendment to the Financial Stability Improvement Act.
Education & Careers

FASB Codification will be provided to faculty and students for free

On July 1, 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is instituting a major change in the way accounting standards are organized. On that date, the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (FASB Codification) will become the single official source of authoritative, nongovernmental U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). After that date, only one level of authoritative U.S. GAAP will exist, other than guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All other literature will be nonauthoritative.
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FASB Accounting Standards codification will launch July 1

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has voted to approve the FASB Accounting Standards Codification as the single source of authoritative nongovernmental U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to be launched on July 1, 2009. The Codification will be effective for interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009, which means that preparers must begin to use the Codification for periods that begin on or about July 1, 2009. All existing accounting standard documents are superseded.
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IASB publishes draft guidance on fair value measurement

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published for public comment an exposure draft of draft guidance on fair value measurement.
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FASB issues new lease accounting paper

By Shawn D. Halladay The FASB has issued a Discussion Paper on lessee accounting for leases. As expected, the requirement to classify leases as capital or operating is gone and lessees must capitalize all leases. This one-size-fits-all model, which treats dollar-outs and FMV leases the same, accounts for very different transactions in the same way.
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FASB to issue new FIN 48 guidance

FASB will issue a proposed staff position for FASB Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, for pass-through and tax exempt not-for-profit entities. Once released, the FSP will be available for a 30-day comment period.FASB also decided:Not to provide guidance related to whether a tax is or is not an income tax. That attribution of the income tax to the entity or its owners should be based on the laws and regulations of the taxing authority rather than on who is responsible for payment of the income taxes.  
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FASB chairman says final revisions to Statement 157 reaffirm fair value

In a statement accompanying the release of the final FASB Staff Position (FSP) of proposed changes to FAS 157, Fair Value Measurements, Determining Fair Value When the Volume and Level of Activity for the Asset or Liability Have Significantly Decreased and Identifying Transactions That Are Not Order, FASB Chairman Robert H. Herz said that the revised FSP, along with two others related to fair value measurements, provides additional application guidance and calls for new disclosures.

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