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New Guidance for Accounting for Grants and Contributions

By Linda Marie Pearson, CPA, CFE

Accounting for Grants and ContributionsFASB has proposed an Accounting Standards Update to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC or GAAP) related to recording contributions received and contributions made. The purpose of the proposed change is to address the diversity in practice when applying current GAAP to grants and similar contracts. The proposed ASU is to assist entities in evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as contributions (nonreciprocal transactions) or as exchange (reciprocal) transactions, as well as distinguishing between conditional and unconditional contributions. Here is what you need to know about the change:

Grant Article Chart
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