New requirements will affect private college and university entities in 2020. All entities will be required this year to include in their financial statements additional supplemental information that will allow the United States Department of Education (DOE) to link the support for the various elements that go into the so-called “Composite Score,” which is used to establish the financial health of private colleges and universities. We expect most organizations to include this information in the Uniform Grant Guidance version of their reports as an additional supplemental schedule. It is expected there will be some impact on the level of detail in the footnotes of the basic financial statements to ensure that every element can be tied directly to the financial statements.
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Even though the pace of new standard setting has appeared to have slowed, not-for-profit organizations will have no shortage of accounting considerations in the next year. Entities with fiscal year ends will be implementing the changes to their financial statement presentation for the first time, and all organizations will be tackling changes to contribution and revenue recognition accounting. On the horizon are the changes to the leasing standard, which will require analysis of all existing lease agreements. It’s never too early to start working on accounting changes. Getting a jump start on these and other updates may make year-end reporting significantly easier.
Now is the time for not-for-profit organizations to begin implementing the new changes to their financial statements. Changes issued under the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities is effective for calendar year-end entities in 2018, and fiscal year-end entities in 2019.
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