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Financial Reporting Alert 18-1

This alert contains responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how an entity should account for the tax effects of the new tax reform legislation in accordance with ASC 740.

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Introduction

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the tax legislation commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). Under ASC 740, the effects of new legislation are recognized upon enactment, which (for federal legislation) is the date the president signs a bill into law. Accordingly, recognition of the tax effects of the Act is required in the interim and annual periods that include December 22, 2017.

This Financial Reporting Alert (FRA) contains responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how an entity should account for the tax effects of the Act in accordance with ASC 740. While the answers to the FAQs reflect our current views, these views are subject to change on the basis of additional input received or further developments in practice. We plan to continue to update this document to reflect developments as they occur and as additional questions surface. The following is a high-level summary of the updates to this FRA thus far:

  • Originally issued on January 3, 2018.
  • Updated on January 19, 2018, to address a number of additional FAQs and to reflect the activities of the FASB and its staff. 
  • Updated on March 20, 2018, to cover a number of additional FAQs (e.g., a new section on interim considerations was added) and to incorporate guidance that previously appeared separately in FRAs 18-3 and 18-4.
  • Updated on June 20, 2018, principally to provide a new section related to the adoption of ASU 2018-02.
  • Updated on August 30, 2018, principally to amend, add, or delete certain FAQs related to measuring the U.S. deferred tax impact of future global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) inclusions for companies that have elected or will elect to use the deferred method.

Amended and added FAQs are marked as such in the question line.

 

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FRA 18-1 | January 3, 2018 (Last updated August 30, 2018)

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