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Jens Mielke: New Revenue Recognition Rules Coming to a Board Meeting Near You

May 28, 2014 was a milestone day in accounting history. The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board issued the first converged accounting standard – Accounting Standard Update 2014-09 – Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). ASU 2014-09 replaces hundreds of pages of existing revenue accounting guidance, much of which represents layers of detailed ad hoc industry-specific rules, with one principles-based standard. Since revenue usually (hopefully!) is the largest number on a company’s income statement, this new standard is slowing getting the respect it deserves. The impacts will reach beyond the accounting department. Ultimately, investors will see changes in quarterly revenue and employees will see changes in pay that is tied to company performance.  ...

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