As noted in our earlier article, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU), which delays the effective dates for certain entities including not-for profit organizations.
The effective date for a not-for-profit that has issued, or is a conduit bond obligor for, securities that are traded, listed or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market is not affected by the amendments in this ASU.
Additionally, as noted in the prior article, FASB decided to retain the effective date of ASU No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958) Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made.
The FASB has provided important clarification for public not-for-profits (defined as not-for-profits that have issued or are conduit obligors for securities that are traded, listed or quoted on an exchange or over-the-counter market) in the Basis for Conclusions section of the ASU.
Many public not-for-profit organizations are required to post interim financial information or interim financial statements in the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system. A public not-for-profit is eligible for the deferral if it has posted only interim financial information in EMMA. Conversely, a public not-for-profit is ineligible for the deferral if it has posted interim or annual U. S. GAAP-compliant financial statements in EMMA because that would be an issuance of financial statements. While financial information is a broad term that can vary widely in content from an earnings release to a balance sheet and income statement, U. S. GAAP-compliant financial statements is a widely understood term and includes a full set of disclosures.
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