May 1, 2023
Newsletter May 2023
In May 2023, significant developments emerged from standard setters. FASB issued an exposure draft aiming to standardize accounting for profits interests, inviting comments until July 10. They also addressed disclosure improvements aligning with the SEC's simplification efforts. GASB added a major project on infrastructure assets to its technical agenda, evaluating recognition, measurement, and disclosure practices. AICPA released its fourth version of plans to enhance the accounting professional pipeline, emphasizing collaboration among stakeholders. NASBA extended the CPA exam eligibility window to 30 months based on score release date, accommodating feedback from over 850 comment letters.

If you are looking for more great content, consider our Webcast offerings for CPE credit.

May was definitely an interesting month for the standard setters! Several meetings were conducted, as well as exposure drafts and plans to address pipeline challenges were issued by the FASB and AICPA.

On May 11, the FASB issued an exposure draft to provide guidance for companies (both public and private) to reduce diversity in practice around accounting for profits interests. The proposal includes a new fact pattern as an example to assist preparers in determining the appropriate ASC Topic to apply to these types of arrangements. Comments are due July 10, 2023.

Additionally, on May 17, the FASB met to discuss disclosure improvements in response to the SEC’s release on disclosure update and simplification. The Board made several decisions regarding various disclosures and decided that the effective date for each amendment will be the same as the SEC’s effective date to remove that related disclosure from Regulations S-X and S-K for all entities subject to the existing SEC disclosure requirements, with early adoption prohibited. The Board decided that each amendment will be effective for all other entities two years later.

Although the GASB did not issue any exposure drafts, on May 25 the GASB added a major project on accounting and financial reporting issues for Infrastructure Assets to the Board’s Current Technical Agenda. The project will consider how infrastructure assets should be recognized and measured in financial statements and whether the optional use of the modified approach should continue to be allowed to report infrastructure assets. It will also evaluate whether additional information related to the maintenance and preservation of infrastructure assets should be presented in financial statements, and, if so, what information and where in the financial report that information should be provided. The Board decided to add a project to the agenda focusing on infrastructure assets after carefully evaluating the staff’s research findings this spring and taking into account the high level of interest from the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the GASB’s advisory council, which ranked the project highly during its annual project prioritization.

On May 18, the AICPA issued the 4th version of its plans to improve the pipeline of accounting professionals. The detailed plan features input from a significant set of stakeholders and calls for those stakeholders to work together to increase the number of accounting graduates and the number of graduates who obtain CPA licensure. The AICPA provides some examples of what is causing the issues and the programs being introduced to address the barriers to entry.

Additionally, NASBA announced that they have extended the time to sit and pass the CPA exam from 18 months to 30 months after receiving over 850 comment letters. The original proposal was an increase to 24 months. In addition, the window is based on the date scores are released and not when the candidate sat for the exam. A big caveat is that NASBA has only changed the model rule. It is now up to the 55 State Boards of Accountancy to make changes at the state level.

May 2023

Related Posts

Newsletter January 2024

Newsletter January 2024

In January, the FASB appointed new members to its Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC) and the GASB issued Statement 102, Certain Risk Disclosures. The NAC welcomed six new members for a four-year term. GASB’s Statement 102 aims to enhance risk disclosure in government financial statements, effective for fiscal years starting after June 15, 2024. Additionally, anticipation builds for the release of the new Yellow Book and the 2024 Compliance Supplement in the coming months.

read more
Newsletter December 2023

Newsletter December 2023

December 2023 saw significant activity from the FASB, including the issuance of two new ASUs and a proposed ASU on convertible debt instruments. ASU 2023-08 addresses crypto asset accounting and disclosure, effective for fiscal years starting after December 15, 2024. ASU 2023-09 enhances income tax disclosures, with effective dates varying by entity type. The FASB also proposed an ASU to clarify convertible debt instrument settlements. Additionally, the AICPA commented on sustainability assurance standards, and PEEC released a new interpretation on public interest entities, aligning with IFAC requirements.

read more
Newsletter November 2023

Newsletter November 2023

In November 2023, the FASB issued ASU 2023-07, enhancing segment reporting disclosures to include significant expenses regularly provided to decision-makers. Public entities must report this information for annual periods starting after December 15, 2023. The FASB also appointed Hillary H. Salo as a new board member and reappointed Susan M. Cosper. Additionally, the AICPA adopted revised Statements on Standards for Tax Services, effective January 1, 2024, introducing a new organizational structure and three new standards focusing on data protection, tool reliance, and client representation before tax authorities.

read more
Jaclyn Veno CPA | Auditing Level Training | CPE

Melisa Galasso, CPA, CSP, CPTD

Melisa F. Galasso is the founder and CEO of Galasso Learning Solutions LLC. A CPA with nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting profession, Melisa designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics, including not-for-profit and governmental accounting.

Her passion is providing high-quality CPE that is meaningful, creates efficiencies and improves quality, and positively impacts ROI. She also supports essential professional development, audit level training, and train the trainer efforts.

Melisa is a Certified Speaking Professional, a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), and has earned the Association for Talent Development Master Trainer™ designation. Her passion for instructional design and adult learning techniques is one of the differentiators that set her apart from other CPE providers.

She also serves on the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee (NAC), AICPA Council, and the AICPA’s Women’s Initiative Executive Committee (WIEC). She also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Center for Plain English Accounting. She previously served on the AICPA’s Technical Issues Committee (TIC), the VSCPA’s Board of Directors, and is a past Chair of the NCACPA’s A&A committee. In addition, Melisa is the author of Money Matters for Nonprofits: How Board Members Can Harness the Power of Financial Statements by Understanding Basic Accounting which is available on Amazon or anywhere you purchase books online.

Melisa received a Top 50 Women in Accounting Award in 2021 by Ignition, is a 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award recipient, and was honored as a “40 under 40” by CPA Practice Advisor in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She was also named the 2019 Rising Star by her regional NAWBO chapter, received the Don Farmer award for achievement in technical content instruction, and earned several other awards for public speaking and technical training.