Last updated on September 14, 2023. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.
(Sections updated on the date above are indicated with an asterisk *)
The objective of this project is to improve the accounting for and disclosure of certain crypto assets.
On December 15, 2021, in response to feedback received on the June 2021 Invitation to Comment, Agenda Prioritization, FASB Chair Rich Jones added a project to the Board's research agenda to explore accounting for and disclosure of a subset of exchange-traded digital assets and exchange-traded commodities.
The Board added a project to its technical agenda to improve the accounting for and disclosure of certain crypto assets.
Exposure Draft(s):On March 23, 2023, the Board issued Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Crypto Assets (Subtopic 350-60): Accounting for and Disclosure of Crypto Assets. The due date for comment letters is June 6, 2023.
Decisions Reached at Last Meeting (September 6, 2023):
September 6, 2023
The Board discussed comment letter feedback and issues for redeliberations on the proposed Accounting Standards Update, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Crypto Assets (Subtopic 350-60): Accounting for and Disclosure of Crypto Assets.
The Board affirmed the scope of the proposed Accounting Standards Update, which would apply to holdings of crypto assets that meet all of the following criteria:
- Meet the definition of intangible assets as defined in the Codification Master Glossary
- Do not provide the asset holder with enforceable rights to, or claims on, underlying goods, services, or other assets
- Are created or reside on a distributed ledger based on blockchain technology
- Are secured through cryptography
- Are fungible
- Are not created or issued by the reporting entity or its related parties.
The Board affirmed the proposed requirements that an entity subsequently measure crypto assets within the proposed scope at fair value in accordance with Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement.
The Board decided to not provide guidance on how to recognize costs to acquire crypto assets, such as commissions and other related transaction fees.
The Board affirmed its decision to not include additional measurement guidance on the application of Topic 820 for crypto assets.
The Board affirmed the proposed requirements that for crypto assets within the proposed scope an entity:
- At a minimum, present the aggregate amount of crypto assets separately from other intangible assets that are measured using other measurement bases
- Present gains and losses on crypto assets in net income and present those gains and losses separately from the income statement effects of other intangible assets, such as amortization or impairments
- Classify crypto assets received as noncash consideration during the ordinary course of business that are converted nearly immediately into cash as operating cash flows.
The Board decided to not provide incremental guidance on whether to classify crypto assets as current or noncurrent assets in a classified balance sheet. The Board decided to not provide additional guidance on the presentation of gains and losses from crypto assets in the income statement.
The Board affirmed the proposed requirements, which would require that an entity disclose:
- At both annual and interim periods, the following information about each significant crypto asset holding (as determined by the fair value of that holding): the name of the crypto asset, fair value, units held, and cost basis. Additionally, an entity would disclose the fair value and cost basis of other crypto asset holdings, which may be aggregated into a single line item.
- At both interim and annual periods, the fair value of the crypto assets that are restricted from sale, the nature and remaining duration of the restriction, and circumstances that could cause a lapse in the restriction(s).
The Board affirmed its decision to not require other additional disclosures.
The Board affirmed the proposed transition requirements, which would require that an entity make a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings (or other appropriate components of equity or net assets in the statement of financial position) as of the beginning of the annual period in which the guidance is adopted.
Effective Date and Early Adoption
The Board decided that the final Update should be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2024, including interim periods within those fiscal years, for all entities. The Board also affirmed the proposed requirement to permit early adoption.
The Board concluded that it has received sufficient information and analysis to make an informed decision on the expected costs and expected benefits of the amendments and that the expected benefits of those amendments would justify the expected costs.
The Board directed the staff to draft a final Accounting Standards Update for vote by written ballot.
Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date (as of September 6, 2023):
A summary of the Board’s tentative decisions reached to date can be found here.
The following are links to the minutes for each meeting. To view Board meetings and handouts from the past 90 days, click here.
|September 6, 2023*||Board Meeting—The Board discussed comment letter feedback and issues for redeliberations on the proposed Accounting Standards Update.|
|February 1, 2023||Board Meeting—The Board discussed clarifications to the scope, transition, costs and benefits of the decisions reached, and the comment period.|
|December 14, 2022||Board Meeting—The Board discussed how entities that hold crypto assets within the scope of this project should present and disclose those assets.|
|October 12, 2022||Board Meeting—The Board discussed how entities that hold crypto assets within the scope of this project should measure those assets.|
|August 31, 2022||Board Meeting—The Board discussed the scope criteria and different entity types that would be within the scope of the proposed guidance.|
|May 11, 2022||Board Meeting—The Board added a project to its technical agenda to improve the accounting for and disclosure of certain digital assets. The Board decided not to add to its technical agenda a project that would address the accounting for exchange-traded commodities; however, the chair decided that this topic would remain a research agenda project.|
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The staff has prepared this summary for information purposes only. Any Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.