Audit committees, CFOs and accountants everywhere are cheering as the FASB has deferred the effective date of its new revenue recognition standard.  As a result, public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans will apply the new revenue standard to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. All other entities will apply the new revenue standard to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018.

Public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans will apply the new revenue standard to interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017 (that is, beginning in the first interim period within the year of adoption). All other entities will apply the new revenue standard to interim reporting periods within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019 (that is, all other entities will not be required to apply the guidance in the new revenue standard in interim periods within the year of adoption).

Providing an accommodation few, if anyone, will use, the Board affirmed its proposal to permit all entities to apply the new revenue standard early, but not before the original effective date for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans (that is, annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016). Public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans choosing this option will apply the new revenue standard to all interim reporting periods within the year of adoption. All other entities will not be required to apply the new revenue standard until interim periods after the first year of adoption.