NEWS RELEASE 05/28/09

FASB Issues Statement No. 165, Subsequent Events

Norwalk, CT, May 28, 2009—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued FASB Statement No. 165, Subsequent Events. This Statement is effective for interim and annual periods ending after June 15, 2009.

This Statement is intended to establish general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or are available to be issued.  It requires the disclosure of the date through which an entity has evaluated subsequent events and the basis for that date—that is, whether that date represents the date the financial statements were issued or were available to be issued.  This disclosure should alert all users of financial statements that an entity has not evaluated subsequent events after that date in the set of financial statements being presented.

In particular, this Statement sets forth:

  • The period after the balance sheet date during which management of a reporting entity should evaluate events or transactions that may occur for potential recognition or disclosure in the financial statements;


  • The circumstances under which an entity should recognize events or transactions occurring after the balance sheet date in its financial statements;


  • The disclosures that an entity should make about events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date.

Statement 165 can be found online at www.fasb.org.

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Since 1973, the Financial Accounting Standards Board has been the designated organization in the private sector for establishing standards of financial accounting and reporting. Those standards govern the preparation of financial reports and are officially recognized as authoritative by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Such standards are essential to the efficient functioning of the economy because investors, creditors, auditors, and others rely on credible, transparent, and comparable financial information. For more information about the FASB, visit our website at www.fasb.org.