Half of Insurance Companies Not Prepared to Implement ASC 606, yet 60 Percent Must Comply With New Standard

CHICAGO (May 17, 2017) – A poll conducted by Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) found more than 60 percent of the insurance organization respondents have revenue streams subject to Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606, revenue from contracts with customers, yet more than half are not even somewhat prepared to implement the new standard.

“Many insurers initially thought they would not be subject to the new ASC 606 standard because insurance contracts accounted for under ASC 944 were out of scope,” Jason Jacobs, CPA, partner with Baker Tilly’s financial services practice group, said. “However, it is important to understand that insurance organizations are still subject to the standard for other revenue streams that do fall under ASC 606.”

“With the first effective date rapidly approaching, insurers should carefully review how their organizations are affected by ASC 606,” Jonathan Zeigler, CPA, partner with Baker Tilly’s insurance industry practice, said. “Implementation may affect a variety of business functions, so internal resource constraints must be considered when looking to assess and implement updated internal controls and processes.”

Baker Tilly recently held an educational webinar, “ASC 606 for insurance organizations: Who is affected and what are the impacts,” to assist insurance organizations in preparing for implementation of the new revenue recognition standard.

The webinar presenters discussed:

  • The main elements of ASC 606
  • Revenue streams that may be impacted under ASC 606
  • The extent to which organizations may be affected (time, effort, resources, internal controls, processes etc.) and the timeline to implement changes

Presentation slides and a recording of the webinar are available at bakertilly.com/insights/asc-606-for-insurance-organizations-who-is-affected-and-what-are-the-impact.

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1) 61.4 percent of respondents answered “Yes” to a poll question during the ASC 606 for insurance organizations: Who is affected and what are the impacts webinar held on May 9, 2017.
2) 55 percent of respondents answered “1 – not at all prepared” or “2” to a poll questions during the ASC 606 for insurance organizations: Who is affected and what are the impacts webinar held on May 9, 2017.