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FASB Issues Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220)

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The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a proposed accounting standard update on August 16, 2012, related to the presentation of amounts that are reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI). The full proposed ASU can be found on the FASB site.

The proposed update does not change the reporting of other comprehensive income but would require enhanced disclosures to present separately by component reclassification out of AOCI. A tabular presentation related to amounts reclassified out of AOCI for items required under U.S. GAAP to be reclassified directly to net income in their entirety would be required. For items not required under U.S. GAAP to be reclassified directly to net income in their entirety, the tabular disclosure would only include a cross-reference to other disclosures for those items. The updated presentation is designed to help provide a better reference to other disclosures that have additional information related to amounts reclassified out of AOCI. The proposed change is due to the FASB's cost/benefit analysis of its issuance of ASU No. 2011-05Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income, which was designed to increase the prominence of other comprehensive income in the financial statements.

The amendments in this proposed update would apply to all companies that issue financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP and that report items of other comprehensive income. The effective date will be determined after the FASB considers the feedback from the proposal.

About the Author
Justin Hayes is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Group. Justin works with clients to help ensure accurate financial reporting, keeping an eye on their bottom line, helping them avoid risk and maximize efficiencies. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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