FASB Issues Simplifications to Accounting
for Nonemployee Share-Based Payments

Norwalk, CT, June 20, 2018—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to reduce cost and complexity and to improve financial reporting for nonemployee share-based payments.

The ASU expands the scope of Topic 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation (which currently only includes share-based payments to employees) to include share-based payments issued to nonemployees for goods or services. Consequently, the accounting for share-based payments to nonemployees and employees will be substantially aligned. The ASU supersedes Subtopic 505-50, Equity—Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees.
“Stakeholders recommended that the FASB improve the accounting for nonemployee share-based payments to reduce cost and complexity to apply the guidance, while improving the financial reporting for these transactions,” said FASB Chairman Russell G. Golden. “This standard will make it easier for companies to account for the share-based payments they provide to service providers, suppliers, and other people that are not employees.”

The accounting for nonemployee share-based payment transactions was identified as an area for simplification through:
  1. Outreach for the Simplification Initiative
  2. Ongoing dialogue with the Private Company Council (PCC) about making improvements to the accounting for share-based payments, and
  3. The August 2014 Post-Implementation Review Report on FASB Statement No. 123 (revised 2004), Share-Based Payment.
The amendments in this ASU are effective for public companies for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within that fiscal year. For all other companies, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. Early adoption is permitted, but no earlier than a company’s adoption date of Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.

More information about the ASU, including a FASB in Focus overview, is available at

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