Brokers and Dealers in Securities Revenue Recognition Task Force 

    AICPA Revenue Recognition Task Forces are charged with developing revenue recognition implementation issues that will provide helpful hints and illustrative examples for how to apply the new Revenue Recognition Standard.

    Task Force Members:

    • Michael Fehrman, Deutsche Bank AG (Chair)
    • Jeffrey Alfano, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
    • Joseph Cascio, Ernst & Young LLP
    • Chris Donovan, Deloitte LLP
    • Craig Goodman, Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP
    • Jeannine Hyman, Citigroup, Inc.
    • Chris Johnson, Crowe Horwath LLP
    • Michael Kelly, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
    • Lisa Koehl, JPMorgan Chase
    • Prashant Nisar, Grant Thornton LLP
    • Jason Roos, Wells Fargo
    • Karl Ruhry, KPMG LLP
    • Jonathan Schubach, Jeffries LLC
    • David Shelton, Morgan Stanley
    • Tracy Whetstone, McGladrey LLP
    Staff Contact: Ivory Bare,


    Below is a list of potential revenue recognition implementation issues identified by the Brokers and Dealers in Securities Revenue Recognition Task Force. The list will be updated as the task force continues it discussions. Full revenue recognition implementation issues will be posted below for informal comments after review by the AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC).

    Issue # Description of Implementation Issue Status
    1 Commission Income
    This implementation issue discusses considerations for broker-dealers in applying the guidance in ASC 606 to trade-based commission income earned by providing trade facilitation, execution, clearance and settlement, custody, and trade administration services to its customers.
    Submitted to AICPA RRWG
    2 Selling and Distribution Fee Revenue
    This implementation issue discusses how the new standard may affect revenue recognition of selling and distribution fees by broker-dealers or distributors. The fees discussed may be paid at the front-end, back-end, or structured as a combination. In addition, the accounting for various costs incurred by broker-dealers and distributors will be discussed.
    Submitted to FinREC
    3 Principal vs. Agent: Costs associated with underwriting and advisory services—expense vs. contra revenue
    4 Underwriting and related fee income
    5 Advisory fee income
    6 Soft dollar revenues
    7 Revenue from financial instruments out of scope Submitted to AICPA RRWG


    Draft Revenue Recognition Implementation Issues included for informal comment, when available, will be listed below.

    Respondents should submit any comments including the implementation issue number to by the dates noted below:

    Issue # Comment Due Date

    The Brokers and Dealers in Securities Revenue Recognition Task Force and the Stockbrokerage and Investment Banking Expert Panel recommend the following AICPA products for current revenue recognition issues:

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