SOURCE: Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP

August 26, 2013 11:00 ET

New Pension Accounting Requirements Could Lead to Increased Taxes and Cuts for Public Programs

Local Governments and Businesses Must Work to Understand the Real Implications of the New Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Rules, Says Video From Marks Paneth & Shron

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2013) - New Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) rules are coming that will require localities to be more uniform in the way they report pension obligations. If misunderstood, there could be some fallout: funding for public programs could be cut and taxes could increase. To minimize and manage it, government officials will need to clearly understand the implications and become better educators.

In a video, Warren Ruppel, Partner in the Nonprofit and Government Services Group at Marks Paneth & Shron (MP&S), explains the impacts for…

  • Government officials. If a locality's unfunded liability is high, there may be pressure to increase funding into the pension plan, which could result in increased taxes or cuts in funding for public programs. Officials will also need to clearly communicate to ratings agencies that implementing the GASB requirement has an accounting, not economic, impact.

  • Businesses. Businesses contracting with municipalities may need to deal with shrinking budgets, if governments choose to increase funding for their pensions.

  • Taxpayers. If more dollars are diverted to funding pensions, taxpayers should be prepared for funding for public projects to be cut -- or for an increase in taxes if their locality's pension obligation is significant.

Knowing what to expect from, and communicating about, the new GASB pension accounting rules can reduce headaches. This increased transparency will, in the long run, be good for cities, businesses and the economy.

The video, "Implications of New Pension Reporting Requirements," is available at http://www.markspaneth.com/publications/implications-of-new-pension-reporting-requirements.

For more information, or to speak with Warren Ruppel, please contact Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications, Inc. at (212) 255-8386 or Katarina@sommerfield.com.

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