Revenue Recognition

On May 28, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The standard will eliminate the transaction- and industry-specific revenue recognition guidance under current U.S. GAAP and replace it with a principle based approach for determining revenue recognition. This standard has the potential to affect every entity’s day-to-day accounting and, possibly, the way business is executed through contracts with customers.

New Resources 

The AICPA has developed the following new resources for understanding and implementing the new standard.

Financial Reporting Brief: Tax Effects of ASU 2014-09


This Financial Reporting Brief acknowledges that this standard will have a large impact on the financial reporting standards of almost every company (public, private, and not-for-profit). But, what tax consequences could also result? The brief examines this question.

Financial Reporting Brief: Roadmap to Understanding the New Revenue Recognition Standards

The Financial Reporting Brief reorganizes the guidance contained in FASB ASC 606 (revenue recognition standard), to follow the five step revenue recognition model along with other guidance impacted by this standard. Additionally, it highlights differences between FASB ASC 606 and IFRS 15, and provides reference to applicable examples in the implementation guidance.

New Revenue Recognition Accounting Standard—Learning and Implementation Plan

Use this roadmap to ensure that your company as well as its management team and staff do the following:
  1. Understand the changes to current GAAP based on FASB ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers
  2. Understand transition and retrospective adoption of the revenue recognition standard, and determine how your company will adopt the new guidance
  3. Find resources to help train your professional staff to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the revenue recognition standard
  4. Educate users about the changes they can expect in your company’s financial statements

Brief: Revenue Recognition Primer for Audit Committees

Because the revenue recognition standard will eliminate the transaction- and industry-specific revenue recognition guidance included in current GAAP and replace it with a principle-based approach, it is important for audit committees to gain an understanding of the standard and how it may impact the entity’s revenue recognition. This document will assist audit committees in ensuring the entity is prepared to adopt the standard.

Industry Task Forces 

The AICPA has formed sixteen industry task forces to help develop a new Accounting Guide on Revenue Recognition that will provide illustrative examples for how to apply the new Revenue Recognition Standard. The industries involved with this project are:

Based on the work of the industry task forces and review of the AICPA’s Revenue Recognition Working Group, the AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) has issued several working drafts of accounting issues related to the implementation of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and is requesting your feedback.

Download a summary of current issues and their status.

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