Understanding Data Requirements for the RevRec Five-Step Model
According to ASU 2014-09, a performance obligation is a promise in a contract with a customer to transfer a good or service to the customer.
If an entity promises in a contract to transfer more than one good or service to the customer, the entity should account for each promised good or service as a performance obligation only if it is (1) distinct or (2) a series of distinct goods or services that are substantially the same and have the same pattern of transfer.
A good or service is considered distinct if both of the following criteria are met:
Capable of being distinct:The customer can benefit from the good or service either on its own or together with other resources that are readily available to the customer.
Distinct within the context of the contract: The promise to transfer the good or service is separately identifiable from other promises in the contract.
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Principal vs. Agent
Non-refundable Upfront Fees
Customer Options for Additional Goods or Services
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