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As discussed in ASC 855-10-20, there are two types of subsequent events:

Excerpt of definition from ASC 855-10-20

  1. The first type consists of events or transactions that provide additional evidence about conditions that existed at the date of the balance sheet, including the estimates inherent in the process of preparing financial statements (that is, recognized subsequent events).
  2. The second type consists of events that provide evidence about conditions that did not exist at the date of the balance sheet but arose subsequent to that date (that is, nonrecognized subsequent events).

Recognized subsequent events (see FSP 28.5) are pushed backed and recorded in the financial statements to be issued. Examples include the realization of a loss on the sale of inventory or property held for sale when the subsequent act of sale confirms a previously existing unrecognized loss. See FSP 28.5 for other examples.
Nonrecognized subsequent events (see FSP 28.6) are considered for disclosure based on their nature to keep the financial statements from being misleading. An example is a natural disaster that destroys a facility after the balance sheet date. See FSP 28.6.3 and 855-10-55-2 for other examples.
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