AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee Seeks Feedback on Insurance Entities Working Draft: Targeted Improvements to Long-Duration Contracts

July 24, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, (July 24, 2020) - The American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) has issued a working draft of an accounting issue for Insurance Entities and is requesting feedback. The draft is related to the implementation of FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2018-12, Targeted Improvements to the Accounting for Long-Duration Contracts.

The new FASB accounting standard on Long-Duration Contracts makes targeted improvements to the existing recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure requirements for long-duration contracts issued by an insurance company. FinREC and the AICPA Insurance Expert Panel will continue to develop working drafts on accounting implementation issues that have been identified for the new standard.

The working draft (available here) discusses considerations for application of FASB ASU 2018-12 to all types of ceded reinsurance arrangements of traditional and limited payment long-duration insurance contracts. The AICPA seeks feedback on:

  • Issue #11AC: Ceded reinsurance - recognition of the reinsurance recoverable and cost of reinsurance measurement and application of the 100% net premium ratio cap and floor provisions.

Final issues for the project will be included in the Audit and Accounting Guide: Life and Health Insurance Entities.

The AICPA is seeking feedback from preparers of financial statements, practitioners and other interested parties. Please submit informal feedback to Kim.Kushmerick@aicpa-cima.com by September 25, 2020.

About the Financial Reporting Executive Committee

The Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) is the senior committee of the Institute for financial reporting. It is authorized to make public statements on behalf of the Institute on financial reporting matters without the clearance of either the Council or the board of directors of the Institute and to clear statements of other committees that include references to financial reporting positions. The mission of FinREC is to determine the Institute's technical policies regarding financial reporting standards and to be the Institute's spokes body on those matters, with the ultimate purpose of serving the public interest by improving financial reporting.