1. ASU 2018-01 Leases (topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842
Issued: January 2018
Summary: A number of stakeholders inquired about the application of the new lease requirements in Topic 842 to land easements. Land easements (also commonly referred to as rights of way) represent the right to use, access, or cross another entity’s land for a specified purpose. There currently is diversity in practice in accounting for land easements.
Entities that do not apply current leases guidance to land easements indicated that evaluating all existing or expired land easements in connection with the adoption of the new lease requirements to assess whether they meet the definition of a lease would be costly and complex
To address stakeholder concerns about the costs and complexity of complying with the transition provisions of the new lease requirements, the amendments in this Update provide an optional transition practical expedient to not evaluate under Topic 842 existing or expired land easements that were not previously accounted for as leases under the current leases guidance in Topic 840. An entity that elects this practical expedient should evaluate new or modified land easements under Topic 842 beginning at the date that the entity adopts Topic 842. An entity that does not elect this practical expedient should evaluate all existing or expired land easements in connection with the adoption of the new lease requirements in Topic 842 to assess whether they meet the definition of a lease.
The amendments in this Update affect the amendments in Update 2016-02, which are not yet effective but may be early adopted, and Example 10 of Subtopic 350- 30. The effective date and transition requirements for the amendments are the same as the effective date and transition requirements in Update 2016-02.
2. ASU 2018-02 Income Statement-Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
Issued: February 2018
The amendments in this Update allow a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings for stranded tax effects resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Consequently, the amendments eliminate the stranded tax effects resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and will improve the usefulness of information reported to financial statement users. However, because the amendments only relate to the reclassification of the income tax effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the underlying guidance that requires that the effect of a change in tax laws or rates be included in income from continuing operations is not affected.
The amendments in this Update are effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted.
3. ASU 2018-03 Technical Corrections and Improvements to Financial Instruments—Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities
Issued: February 2018
The Board has an ongoing project on its agenda about improvements to clarify the Codification or to correct unintended application of guidance. Those items generally are not expected to have a significant effect on current accounting practice or to create a significant administrative cost for most entities. The amendments in this Update are of a similar nature to the items typically addressed in the Codification improvements project. However, the Board decided to issue a separate Update for technical corrections and improvements related to Update 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Liabilities, to increase stakeholders’ awareness of the amendments and to expedite the improvements.
To provide a period of time to allow entities to continue their current adoption plans for Update 2016-01, the Board concluded that for public business entities the amendments in this Update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2018. Public business entities with fiscal years beginning between December 15, 2017, and June 15, 2018, are not required to adopt these amendments until the interim period beginning after June 15, 2018, and public business entities with fiscal years beginning between June 15, 2018, and December 15, 2018, are not required to adopt these amendments before adopting the amendments in Update 2016-01. For all other entities, the effective date is the same as the effective date in Update 2016-01.
4. ASU 2018-04 Investments—Debt Securities (Topic 320) and Regulated Operations (Topic 980) Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 117 and SEC Release No. 33-9273
Issued: March 2018
This Accounting Standards Update supersedes various SEC paragraphs and adds an SEC paragraph pursuant to the issuance of Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 117 and SEC Release No. 33-9273.
Amendments are effective immediately.
Resource: A&A Team Meeting - April 26, 2018