FASB improves income tax accounting related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Written on Feb 20, 2018

FASB has issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that helps organizations address certain stranded income tax effects in accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The ASU provides financial statement preparers with an option to reclassify stranded tax effects within AOCI to retained earnings in each period in which the effect of the change in the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (or portion thereof) is recorded.

The ASU requires financial statement preparers to disclose:

  • A description of the accounting policy for releasing income tax effects from AOCI
  • Whether they elect to reclassify the stranded income tax effects from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Information about the other income tax effects that are reclassified

The amendments in this ASU affect any organization that is required to apply the provisions of Topic 220, Income Statement—Reporting Comprehensive Income, and has items of other comprehensive income for which the related tax effects are presented in other comprehensive income as required by GAAP.

The amendments are effective for all organizations for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. Organizations should apply the proposed amendments either in the period of adoption or retrospectively to each period (or periods) in which the effect of the change in the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is recognized.

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