New Liquidity Disclosures for Not-for- Profits: Are You Ready?
Under current financial reporting standards, not-for-profits are not required to illuminate clearly restrictions that affect the availability of liquid resources in their financial statements. But this is all about to change with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) new financial reporting standard (Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14), effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017. In this update, FASB clarifies that the nature of an asset isn’t the only quality that affects its availability. The standard requires disclosure of qualitative and quantitative liquidity information.
Qualitative information discloses how the nonprofit manages its liquid resources to meet its operational needs within one year of the statement of financial information date.
Quantitative information refers to the amount of liquid resources a nonprofit has available to support ongoing operations.
This new requirement will be significant especially for organizations that are strained financially because financial statement users will now have more detailed information about their liquid resources.