Construction accounting update – Prepare now for potential revenue recognition changes
Abstract: FASB has recently issued a new Accounting Standards Update that addresses revenue recognition under U.S. GAAP. The new rules contained therein are an attempt to standardize and simplify the revenue recognition process for customer contracts across different industries and geographic locations. The standard provides a road map for businesses to more clearly recognize contractual revenue on their financial statements via a five-step approach. But the article notes that there are still uncertainties, and explains how contractors must account for change orders under the standard. A sidebar explains that the new rules will likely require contractors to disclose more information than was typical in the past.