Revenue Recognition




On May 28, 2014, the FASB completed its Revenue Recognition project by issuing Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). The new guidance establishes the principles to report useful information to users of financial statements about the nature, timing, and uncertainty of revenue from contracts with customers.

To that end, the new guidance:
  • Removes inconsistencies and weaknesses in existing revenue requirements
  • Provides a more robust framework for addressing revenue issues
  • Improves comparability of revenue recognition practices across entities, industries, jurisdictions, and capital markets
  • Provides more useful information to users of financial statements through improved disclosure requirements
  • Simplifies the preparation of financial statements by reducing the number of requirements to which an organization must refer.
The new guidance affects any reporting organization that either enters into contracts with customers to transfer goods or services or enters into contracts for the transfer of nonfinancial assets unless those contracts are within the scope of other standards (for example, insurance contracts or lease contracts).

Effective Dates

  • Public organizations: the new guidance on revenue recognition is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim reporting periods within that reporting period. Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, defers the original effective date of December 15, 2016 by one year. Early application is permitted as of the original effective date.

    A public organization is an organization that is any one of the following:
    • A public business organization
    • A not-for-profit organization that has issued, or is a conduit bond obligor for, securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market
    • An employee benefit plan that files or furnishes financial statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • For nonpublic companies and organizations (including not-for-profits): the new guidance was  required for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim and annual reporting periods after those reporting periods. Nonpublic companies and organizations may elect early application, but no earlier than the effective date for public entities. Accounting Standards Update No. 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) and Leases (Topic 842): Effective Dates for Certain Entities, defers the effective date by one year for certain entities that had not yet issued their financial statements (or made financial statements available for issuance) reflecting the adoption of Revenue, as of the date the ASU was issued (June 3, 2020).

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