Last updated on April 17, 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 *)
Objective:The objectives of this project are to (1) modernize the accounting for software costs and (2) enhance the transparency about an entity’s software costs.
Background:On December 15, 2021, in response to feedback received on the June 2021 Invitation to Comment, Agenda Consultation, FASB Chair Rich Jones added software costs to the research agenda as part of the Accounting for and Disclosure of Intangibles research project.
On June 22, 2022, the Board discussed the pre-agenda research, including stakeholder feedback, on the accounting for and disclosure of software costs. The Board decided to add a project to its technical agenda to (1) modernize the accounting for software costs and (2) enhance the transparency about an entity’s software costs. The Board decided that the scope of the project is the recognition, measurement, presentation, and disclosure of costs to internally develop or acquire software, which encompasses all of the software costs currently subject to the guidance in Subtopics 350-40, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software, and 985-20, Software—Costs of Software to Be Sold, Leased, or Marketed, for all entities.
Exposure Draft(s):There are no exposure documents at this time.
Decisions Reached at Last Meeting (April 5, 2023):
The Board discussed the recent feedback received from a wide variety of stakeholders on potential recognition and measurement models for the accounting for software costs. The Board discussed two models:
- The initial development cost model (the single model), which would require an entity to capitalize all direct software costs from the point at which it is probable that the software project will be completed and the software will be used to perform the function intended
- The dual model, which would require an entity to account for certain software costs as an expense as incurred model and other software costs under the initial development cost model.
The following are links to the minutes for each meeting. To view Board meetings and handouts from the past 90 days, click here.
|April 5, 2023*||Board Meeting—The Board directed the staff to continue its research on the single model (previously referred to as the initial development cost model).|
|January 18, 2023||Board Meeting—The Board directed the staff to further research the initial development cost model and the dual model.|
|June 22, 2022||Board Meeting—The Board added a project to its technical agenda to (1) modernize the accounting for software costs and (2) enhance the transparency about an entity’s software costs.|
|April 13, 2022||Board Meeting—The Board discussed the pre-agenda research performed to date, including stakeholder feedback received on software costs in response to the June 2021 Invitation to Comment, Agenda Consultation.|
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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.