Revenue recognition for franchisors

In 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) to provide a robust framework and comprehensive principles for addressing revenue recognition issues. Additionally, the guidance on accounting for certain costs related to a contract with a customer in the scope of Topic 606 was codified in ASC 340-40, Other Assets and Deferred Costs – Contracts with Customers.

While virtually all aspects of ASC 606 and ASC 340-40 are relevant to franchisors, this white paper, Revenue recognition for franchisors, highlights aspects of the guidance that are particularly pertinent for these entities.

For additional information about all of the revenue recognition guidance, including those aspects discussed in this white paper, as well as numerous examples illustrating how to apply the guidance, refer to our publication, A guide to revenue recognition.

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