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Tax & AccountingDecember 20, 2023

FASB issues standard on accounting for and disclosure of crypto assets

By: CCH ARM Editorial

The FASB published an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to improve the accounting for and disclosure of certain crypto assets. FASB ASU No. 2023-08, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Crypto Assets (Subtopic 350-60): Accounting for and Disclosure of Crypto Assets, is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2024, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted for both interim and annual financial statements that have not yet been issued (or made available for issuance). If an entity adopts the amendments in an interim period, it must adopt them as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes that interim period.

ASU 2023-08

ASU No. 2023-08 requires a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings (or other appropriate components of equity or net assets) as of the beginning of the annual reporting period in which an entity adopts the amendments.

The amendments in ASU No. 2023-08 are intended to improve the accounting for certain crypto assets by requiring an entity to measure those crypto assets at fair value each reporting period with changes in fair value recognized in net income. The amendments also improve the information provided to investors about an entity’s crypto asset holdings by requiring disclosure about significant holdings, contractual sale restrictions, and changes during the reporting period. 

Criteria for application of crypto standard 

The amendments in this ASU apply to all assets that meet all the following criteria:

  1. Meet the definition of intangible asset as defined in the FASB Accounting Standards Codification®;
  2. Do not provide the asset holder with enforceable rights to or claims on underlying goods, services, or other assets;
  3. Are created or reside on a distributed ledger based on blockchain or similar technology;
  4. Are secured through cryptography;
  5. Are fungible; and
  6. Are not created or issued by the reporting entity or its related parties.
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