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The 5 major challenges with GASB 96

Jun 22, 2023

Now is the time to plan for the next significant governmental accounting standard, GASB 96 for subscription-based IT arrangements (SBITAs).  

While the accounting treatments for GASB 87 and GASB 96 have some helpful similarities, GASB 96 is more complex. We discussed five challenges with GASB 96:

  1. Identifying SBITAs
  2. Determining the nature of the arrangement
  3. Identifying, segregating and valuating implementation costs
  4. Disclosure requirements
  5. Expensing versus capitalizing new charges


Phil Collins, CPA, CFE
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Jamison Scarpelli, CPA
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