AICPA releases working drafts on accounting issues for implementing FASB’s new credit loss standard

September 17, 2019

Current Expected Credit Loss, or CECL, is a new standard that will change how financial institutions account for expected credit losses and is one of the most significant changes to financial institution accounting in 40 years. It affects reserves for losses over loans booked and allows for more forward-looking information to be considered when developing a best estimate.

The AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) developed working drafts of accounting issues related to the implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments-Credit Losses and is requesting feedback on issue paper Reasonable and Supportable Forecasting.

“These issue papers demonstrate the AICPA’s continuing effort to ease implementation of the standard for auditors and their clients,” said Jason Brodmerkel, CPA, AICPA accounting standards – depository and lending institutions. “It is a tremendous effort for our committee and the many volunteers on our task force all of whom are committed to help the financial reporting system adopt the standard.”

The working drafts discuss helpful considerations for Depository and Lending institutions and Insurance Companies, and are available here:

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their informal feedback on the implementation issues to Jason Brodmerkel at by October 15, 2019.

Final issues will be included in a new AICPA CECL A&A guide.