On March 30, 2016, the FASB issued an ASC 718 update, ASU 2016-09, as a part of its Simplification Initiative. In part 1 of our blog series, ASC 2016-09: Simple But Complex, we explored the changes to accounting for income taxes and the elimination of the APIC pool. Here we will discuss another key provision of the FASB’s new standard, accounting for forfeitures.
Since 1973, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been tasked with establishing standards of financial accounting that govern the preparation of financial reports by nongovernmental entities. Arguably even more difficult than the task of maintaining and updating accounting standards is guiding and supporting the implementation of these new standards across all reporting companies. The FASB understands the importance of the two way conversation between preparers and the organization – and the impact feedback can have on successful adoption of new accounting standards. The FASB recently published an article describing their three strategies for the consistent application of new standards and discussed their dedication to facilitating a smooth transition.