RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
|Accounting Changes and Error Corrections [Abstract]
|RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
|RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
Adoption of New Accounting Standards
In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued an accounting standards update ("ASU") introducing an expected credit loss methodology for the measurement of financial assets not accounted for at fair value. The methodology replaced the probable, incurred loss model for those assets. We adopted this standard on January 1, 2020. Upon adoption, we updated our process for calculating our allowance for credit losses to include reasonable and supportable forecasts that could affect expected collectability. In the third quarter of 2020, we decreased our allowance for credit losses by $6 million (an increase of $44 million year to date) based upon our current forecasts that reflect slight improvements in the economic outlook.
In January 2017, the FASB issued an ASU to simplify the accounting for goodwill impairment by eliminating the requirement to calculate the implied fair value of goodwill using a hypothetical purchase price allocation. Under this ASU, goodwill impairment is the amount by which a reporting unit’s carrying value exceeds its fair value, not to exceed the carrying amount of goodwill. We adopted this standard on January 1, 2020. Upon adoption, this ASU did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
In March 2020, the FASB issued an ASU to temporarily ease the potential burden in accounting for reference rate reform. The update provides optional expedients and exceptions for applying GAAP to contracts, hedging relationships and other transactions affected by reference rate reform. The guidance was effective upon issuance and generally can be applied through December 31, 2022. We are evaluating the potential impacts of reference rate reform on our various contractual positions to determine whether we may apply any of the practical expedients set forth in this update.
For accounting standards adopted in the period ended September 30, 2019, refer to note 1 to our audited, consolidated financial statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
Other accounting pronouncements adopted during the periods covered by the unaudited, consolidated financial statements did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
Accounting Standards Issued But Not Yet Effective
In December 2019, the FASB issued an ASU to simplify the accounting for income taxes. The update removes certain exceptions to the general income tax principles. The update will be effective for us in the first quarter of 2021. We are evaluating the impact of its adoption on our consolidated financial statements and internal control over financial reporting environment, but do not expect this ASU to have a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
Other accounting pronouncements issued before, but not effective until after, September 30, 2020, are not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.