June 24, 2018

Accounting for Stuff With Tim Gearty: Allocation and Revenue Recognition

Tim Gearty new revenue recognition rules

CPA exam scores were released today, so it only seems appropriate that we conclude our four-part series featuring snazzy dresser and GAAP oracle Tim Gearty. If you’ve been holed up in a fallout shelter for the past few weeks, go catch up on Parts I, II, and III.

Double-o Gearty wraps things up with allocation and revenue recognition. Just watching him talk about this stuff makes you smarter. It might also help you fall asleep at night, so set it on a loop under your pillow if you’ve been lying awake at night.

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Can anyone explain why accounting regulators have the annoying tendency to see a HUGE problem and insist on fixing it when the logistics are seemingly impossible to overcome? It’s commendable to try and solve big problems but it seems that the geeky egos of accountants often get in the way of reality.
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According to the article, the FASB’s revenue recognition rules are currently spread among 100 standards, so obviously there’s room for improvement but shrinking all that down to one model? Talk about herding cats.
We’re not hating on the standard setters (well, let’s face it, maybe a little) for considering this task but these dweebs can’t even get on the same page re: convergence timing so we’ll be taking the overs on the number of years when this single model pipe dream actually gets off the ground.

Revenue Recognition: Will a Single Model Fly?
[CFO.com]