New Accounting Standards Upcoming Effective Dates for Public and Private Companies

November 2020

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In this publication, we’ve summarized the new accounting standards with mandatory[1] effective dates in the first quarter of 2021 for public entities, as well as new standards that take effect in annual 2020 financial statements for nonpublic entities. Those effective dates reflect the deferral of certain major standards provided in ASU 2019-10 and ASU 2020-05. We have also included links to BDO’s guidance on each pronouncement as applicable.
 
In the next filing season, calendar year-end public entities will prepare their annual 2020 financial statements, followed closely by their March 31, 2021 first quarter reports. The 2020 annual filings will disclose under SAB 74 the anticipated effects that the FASB’s new standards will have on the financial statements when they are adopted. Any standards issued after the date of this publication are unlikely to impact first quarter financial statements but should be considered in preparing SAB 74 disclosures.
 
On a similar timeline, calendar year-end nonpublic entities will prepare their annual 2020 financial statements reflecting standards that took effect in 2020. For nonpublic entities that elected to defer the new revenue standard[2] as permitted by ASU 2020-05, its initial application will represent a significant change and may involve substantial effort. The FASB has deferred the effective date of the new leases[3] standard until 2022 and the credit losses standard[4] until 2023 for nonpublic entities.
 
Early adoption is generally permitted for all of the standards summarized herein, but each ASU has specific transition guidance and early adoption may have been limited to certain periods or circumstances. Please refer to BDO’s alerts for more information.

 
Accounting Standards Updates Effective for Calendar-year Public Entities as of January 1, 2021

 
Pronouncement Effective Date BDO Alert
ASC 310-20, ReceivablesNonrefundable Fees and Other Costs
ASU 2020-08, Codification Improvements to Subtopic 310-20, Receivables—Nonrefundable Fees and Other Costs
 
Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
N/A
 
 
ASC 321, InvestmentsEquity Securities
ASU 2020-01, Clarifying the Interactions between Topic 321, Topic 323, Equity Method and Joint Ventures, and Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging
 
Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
ASU 2020-01 Alert
 
 
ASC 715-20, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans
ASU 2018-14, Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans
 
Effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020. ASU 2018-14 Alert
ASC 740, Income Taxes
ASU 2019-12, Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
ASU 2019-12 Alert
ASC 848, Reference Rate Reform
ASU 2020-04, Facilitation of the Effects of Reference
Rate Reform on Financial Reporting
 
Effective as of March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2022. ASU 2020-04 Alert
Other
ASU 2020-10, Codification Improvements Effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
N/A
 

Accounting Standards Updates Effective for Calendar-year Nonpublic Entities as of January 1, 2020

 
Pronouncement Effective Date BDO Alert
ASC 310-20, ReceivablesNonrefundable Fees and Other Costs
ASU 2017-08, Premium Amortization on Purchased
Callable Debt Securities
Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2017-08 Alert
 
ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers
ASC 610-20, Other Income—Gains and Losses from the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets
ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers
ASU 2015-14, Deferral of the Effective Date
ASU 2016-08, Principal versus Agent Considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross versus Net)
ASU 2016-10, Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing
ASU 2016-12, Narrow-Scope Improvements and Practical Expedients
ASU 2016-20, Technical Corrections and Improvements to Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers
ASU 2017-05, Clarifying the Scope of Asset Derecognition Guidance and Accounting for Partial Sales of Nonfinancial Assets
ASU 2020-05, Effective Dates for Certain Entities
 
For entities that have not yet issued financial statements or made financial statements available for issuance as of June 3, 2020, those entities may elect to adopt the revenue guidance for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. Those entities may elect to follow the original effective date of annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019.
 
For all other nonpublic entities, the guidance is already effective.
 
 
 
BDO Knows: ASC 606
 
ASU 2017-05 Alert
 
ASU 2020-05 Alert
 
 
 
 
 
 
ASC 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation
ASU 2018-07, Improvements to Nonemployee
Share-Based Payment Accounting
 
Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2018-07 Alert
ASU 2019-08, Codification Improvements—Share-Based Consideration Payable to a Customer
 
For entities that have adopted the amendments in ASU 2018-07, the amendments in this Update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
For entities that have not yet adopted the amendments in ASU 2018-07, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2019-08 Alert
ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging
ASU 2017-11, Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Down Round Features
 
Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2017-11 Alert
ASU 2018-16, Inclusion of the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) Rate as a Benchmark Interest Rate for Hedge Accounting Purposes
 
For entities other than public business entities that already have adopted the amendments in ASU 2017-12,[5] the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
ASU 2018-16 Alert
ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement
ASU 2018-13, Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
ASU 2018-13 Alert
ASC 825, Financial Instruments
ASU 2019-04, Codification Improvements to Topic 825 The amendments in this ASU related to ASU 2016-01 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
 
ASU 2019-04 Alert
ASC 848, Reference Rate Reform
ASU 2020-04, Facilitation of the Effects of Reference
Rate Reform on Financial Reporting
 
Effective as of March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2022. ASU 2020-04 Alert
ASC 853, Service Concession Arrangements
ASU 2017-10, Determining the Customer of the Operation Services For entities that have not yet adopted ASC 606 before the issuance of this ASU, the effective date and transition requirements for the amendments generally are the same as the effective date and transition requirements for ASC 606.
 
ASU 2017-10 Alert
ASC 958, Not-for-Profit Entities
ASU 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made  For contributions Made - effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2018-08 Alert
ASU 2019-03, Updating the Definition of Collections Effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2019-03 Alert
Other    
ASU 2018-09, Codification Improvements Certain amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
ASU 2018-09 Alert
ASU 2020-03, Codification Improvements to Financial Instruments The amendments related to Issues 1 through 5 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.
 
The amendments related to Issues 6 and 7:
 
For entities that have not yet adopted the guidance in Update 2016-13, the effective dates and the transition requirements are the same as the effective date and transition requirements in Update 2016-13.
 
For entities that have adopted the guidance in Update 2016-13, effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years.
ASU 2020-03 Alert

[1] Standards that become effective later but that can be early adopted currently are excluded.
[2] ASC 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers
[3] ASC 842, Leases
[4] ASU 2016-13, Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, and related amendments
[5] The amendments in ASU 2017-12 and ASU 2018-16 are mandatorily effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, as deferred by ASU 2019-10.