PwC is pleased to offer our updated Pensions and employee benefits guide. This guide addresses the accounting for pensions and employee benefits under US GAAP. It includes guidance on the accounting for pensions, other postretirement benefits, benefits provided during employment, deferred compensation, and termination benefits.
This guide summarizes the applicable accounting literature, including relevant references to and excerpts from the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification (the Codification). It also provides our insights and perspectives, interpretative and application guidance, illustrative examples, and discussion on emerging practice issues.
This guide should be used in combination with a thorough analysis of the relevant facts and circumstances, review of the authoritative accounting literature, and appropriate professional and technical advice.
References to US GAAP
Definitions, full paragraphs, and excerpts from the FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification are clearly labelled. In some instances, guidance was cited with minor editorial modification to flow in the context of the PwC Guide. The remaining text is PwC’s original content.
References to other PwC guidance
This guide provides general and specific references to chapters in other PwC guides to assist users in finding other relevant information. References to other guides are indicated by the applicable guide abbreviation followed by the specific section number. The other PwC guides referred to in this guide, including their abbreviations, are:
- Business combinations and noncontrolling interests (BCG)
- Consolidation and equity method of accounting guide (CG)
- Financial statement presentation (FSP)
- Financing transactions (FG)
- Foreign currency (FX)
- Income taxes (TX)
- Loans and investments (LI)
- Stock-based compensation (SC)
Summary of significant changes
Following is a summary of the noteworthy revisions to the guide since it was last updated. Additional updates may be made to keep pace with significant developments.
Revisions made in October 2021
PEB 1, Overview of pension and other postretirement benefit plans
PEB 2, Overview of pension and other postretirement benefit plans
- The order of certain sections within PEB 2 was rearranged.
- PEB 126.96.36.199 was added to include discussion of negative interest rates and their impact on the discount rates utilized in measuring a plan’s benefit obligation.
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