Last week, I used an example to illustrate the impact the new tax accounting rules under ASU 2016-09 will have on companies' P&L statements. If your company is profitable, this is something you can do using your own financials. In this week's blog entry, I explain how.
Finding the Numbers
I found all the numbers for my example in the company's 10-K. I didn't even have to pull up the full 10-K; I used the interactive data on EDGAR—it took me about 5 minutes. Here's where to look:
What To Do With the Numbers
Once you have collected that data, you can do the following:
Do these calculations for the past several years to see how much the impact on earnings varies from year to year.
Stuff You Should Be Aware Of
This exercise is intended to give you a general idea of the impact of the new tax accounting rules for your company. There are lots of complicated rules that govern how earnings and tax expense are calculated that have nothing to do with stock compensation, but that, when combined with the rules for stock compensation, could change the outcome for your company. This is especially true if your company isn't profitable—if you are in this situation, it may be best to leave the estimates to your accounting team.
Also, I've suggested calculating the impact only on basic EPS because it's a little harder to figure out the impact on diluted EPS. In diluted EPS, not only will the numerator change, but the number of shares in the denominator will change as well, because excess tax benefits no longer count as a source of proceeds that can be used to buy back stock. See my blog entry, "Update to ASC 718: Diluted EPS" for more information).
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