LGC Provides Guidance on GASB 63 & 65 Implementation

On March 13th, the NC Local Government Commission issued a Memo providing guidance to Municipalities and Counties with respect to implementing changes and requirements to financial statements in association with the application of Statements 63 and 65 of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued GASB Statement No. 63: Financial Reporting of Deferred Outflows of Resources, Deferred Inflows of Resources, and Net Position. This statement is effective for fiscal periods that begin after December 15, 2011, meaning the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 for most North Carolina governments. GASB Statement No. 65: Items Previously Reported as Assets and Liabilities, is effective for fiscal periods beginning after December 15, 2012, meaning fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 for most North Carolina local governments. However, since GASB Statement No. 65 is so closely related to GASB Statement 63, we are recommending implementation for both as of June 30, 2013. GASB Statement No. 63 essentially replaces the Net Asset Statement with a Statement of Net Position  and discusses various reporting issues. GASB Statement No. 65 provides specific guidance on when transactions will be classified as deferred outflows or inflows and reclassifies certain assets and liabilities as revenue and expenditures

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GASB Proposes Rule Changes for Pension Accounting & Reporting

GASB Proposes Rule Changes for Pension Accounting & Reporting

On July 8th, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) released a draft of their proposed changes to state and local government accounting and reporting of employee pension plans.

This was an anticipated release, given the increased scrutiny of funded and unfunded liabilities of government employee pensions, the validity of methods used to calculated them, and the current and future impact of these liabilities on government budgets, debt issuance and taxation.

Link to GASB Website – Pension Accounting & Financial Reporting Proposal

Link to “plain-language supplement” of GASB proposals (PDF)

GASB will receive written comments on these proposals from interested parties between now and September 30, 2011. Information on the process to submit written comment is available at the first website link above.

Media Reports on GASB Announcement:

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