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A roadmap to distinguishing liabilities from equity (2019)

This Roadmap provides an overview of the guidance in ASC 480-10 as well as Deloitte’s insights into and interpretations of how to apply it in practice. ASC 480-10 requires (1) issuers to classify certain types of shares of stock and certain share-settled contracts as liabilities or, in some circumstances, as assets and (2) SEC registrants to classify certain types of redeemable equity instruments as temporary equity.

We are pleased to present the 2019 edition of A Roadmap to Distinguishing Liabilities From Equity. This Roadmap provides an overview of the guidance in ASC 480-10 as well as insights into and interpretations of how to apply it in practice. ASC 480-10 requires (1) issuers to classify certain types of shares of stock and certain share-settled contracts as liabilities or, in some circumstances, as assets and (2) SEC registrants to classify certain types of redeemable equity instruments as temporary equity.

The 2019 edition of this Roadmap includes several new discussions as well as some modifications to previously expressed views to reflect our latest thinking and input from standard setters and regulators. Appendix G highlights all new content as well as any substantive revisions to previous content.

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The Roadmap Series contains periodic collections of our accounting guidance on selected topics of broad interest to the financial reporting community.

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