March 7th, 2017 New Revenue Recognition – Time to Prepare Is Now The deadline for implementing the new revenue recognition standard is as early as December 15, 2017 for public entities and December 15, 2018 for nonpublic entities. These deadlines may appear far away, but it’s critical to start preparing now. The new standard has the potential to impact organizations far beyond their financial statements, affecting information systems, business processes, compensation, and other contractual agreements as well. Why the Change? One of the primary objectives for Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) was for the new standard to consistently report revenue, regardless of the company’s industry or the capital markets accessed. Revenue is one of the most important measures used by investors in assessing a company’s performance, and currently, different industries use different accounting methods for economically similar transactions. The new standard improves comparability of revenue recognition practices across entities, industries, jurisdictions, and capital markets. How Does the New Standard Differ? The new revenue recognition standard expects an entity to recognize revenue when the customer can use or benefit from the goods or services provided. For example, a company has a contract to provide $50,000 of consulting services over the next 12 months. If the company provided $5,000 of consulting work to the client in December 2016, it should recognize that revenue in December 2016. The revenue is recognized in December because the client benefitted from the services provided in December. Specifically, the new standard requires you to follow a five-step process: Identify contract(s) with a customer. Identify the separate performance obligations in the contract. Determine the transaction price. Allocate the transaction price to the separate performance obligations. Recognize revenue when the entity satisfies each performance obligation. Because these steps involve considerable judgment, it is critical that you collaborate with your accounting professional from the beginning. Who Is Affected? The new standard will impact all entities that render services based on contracts and have multiple deliverables. However, it may have significant ramifications for businesses serving these industries: Aerospace & Defense Automotive Communications Engineering & Construction Entertainment & Media Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Technology We’ll be glad to help you review the particulars of your situation to determine the extent to which you’ll be affected. Why Start Now? When faced with such sweeping changes, it can be tempting to put things off, but remember—the FASB had a good reason to provide a generous transition timeline. It takes time to implement any complex overhaul of current practices, and the sooner you get started, the better. Starting now will also allow ample time for us to discover any advantageous tax strategies, resolve issues smoothly, and deliver peace of mind well before the deadline. We will communicate with you often to ensure a smooth transition. Why Choose Us? Sansiveri professionals have helped numerous clients implement the new revenue recognition standard and are well-prepared to assist you. For more information, please call us ay 4010-331-0500.