On December 22nd, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) appended its Conceptual Framework with two new chapters. The Conceptual Framework is comprised of complementary objectives and fundamentals that provide the FASB with a foundation for setting standards and concepts for it to use as tools for resolving accounting and reporting questions.
The recently added material addresses and further enhances two important aspects of financial reporting: elements of financial statements and presentation. The new chapters provide the basis for data that is relevant to the ongoing objective of financial reporting: to improve the clarity of data that entities provide to current and potential investors, lenders, donors, and other resource providers. These additions offer the following new information:
Chapter 7, Presentation - FASB Concepts Statement No. 8, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting identifies factors that help the FASB determine how items should be displayed on the financial statements. The FASB will prioritize the factors both based on the item being reviewed for presentation purposes and in the context of best meeting the objective of financial reporting. Chapter 7 overrides sections of Concepts Statement No. 5, Recognition and Measurement in Financial Statements of Business Enterprises.
A Statement of Financial Accounting Concepts is not authoritative and does not establish or change generally accepted accounting standards.