PROJECT UPDATE

Accounting for and Disclosure of Software Costs

Last updated on October 26, 2022. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.

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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.

There are no media releases or educational materials at this time.

Decisions Reached at Last Meeting (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.

The Board meeting minutes, handouts, and videos are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final standard.

The following are links to the minutes for each meeting.  To view Board meetings and handouts from the past 90 days, click here.
 
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.

The staff plans to further develop potential paths for discussion at a future Board meeting.

Aarika Friend
Senior Project Manager
afriend@fasb.org

Ashley Tisckos
Project Manager
atisckos@fasb.org

P.K. Barot
Practice Fellow
pkbarot@fasb.org

Ally Gustke
Postgraduate Technical Assistant
agustke@fasb.org

Emerson Porter
Postgraduate Technical Assistant
eporter@fasb.org

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.
 

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