Revenue Recognition Start Date

Sep 19, 2018
Tax and Accounting


Welcome to Life Designers, your trusted partner for all your consulting and analytical needs. As experts in the field, we provide comprehensive services to businesses and consumers alike. In this article, we will explore the new revenue recognition standard and its impact on businesses. Furthermore, we will delve into the recent decision by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to defer the effective date of this standard.

Understanding Revenue Recognition

Revenue recognition is a critical aspect of financial reporting, affecting businesses across various industries. It refers to the process of determining when and how revenue should be recognized on a company's financial statements. Accurate revenue recognition ensures transparency and provides stakeholders with a clear understanding of a company's financial performance.

The new revenue recognition standard, known as Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606, was issued by the FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) to bring consistency and comparability when recognizing revenue. This standard replaces the existing revenue recognition guidance.

Implications for Businesses

The adoption of the new revenue recognition standard has far-reaching implications for businesses. It introduces a five-step model to determine revenue recognition, emphasizing the importance of performance obligations, transaction price, and allocation of revenue across different periods. Businesses are required to assess their contracts and adjust their revenue recognition practices accordingly.

One of the significant changes brought about by ASC 606 is for companies to recognize revenue when control of goods or services is transferred to the customer. This may affect how revenue is recognized over time, especially for long-term contracts or those with multiple performance obligations.

Additionally, businesses must disclose detailed information in their financial statements to provide transparency to investors and other stakeholders. These disclosures aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of the nature, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers.

FASB's Decision to Defer the Effective Date

In response to the challenges faced by businesses in implementing the new revenue recognition standard, the FASB made the decision to defer its effective date. This deferral provides companies with additional time to ensure a smooth transition and to address any operational challenges that may arise.

The deferral allows public organizations to adopt ASC 606 for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, while private organizations have until reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. However, early adoption is permitted for all organizations.

This extended timeline offers businesses the opportunity to carefully evaluate the impact of the new standard on their financial statements, systems, processes, and internal controls. It allows for proper planning and implementation to ensure a successful transition without significant disruptions to day-to-day operations.


At Life Designers, we understand the challenges businesses face in navigating complex accounting standards. As a leading consulting and analytical services provider, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Our team of experts can assist in assessing the impact of the new revenue recognition standard on your business operations. We offer tailored solutions to ensure compliance, optimize revenue recognition practices, and enhance financial reporting transparency.

Contact Life Designers today and let us help you navigate the changing landscape of revenue recognition, ensuring a seamless and successful transition.