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This proposed statement of position (SOP) provides guidance on applying generally accepted accounting principles in accounting for real estate syndication income. Briefly, the SOP arrives at the following conclusions: 1. FASB Statement No. 66, Accounting for Sales of Real Estate, applies to the recognition of profit on the sale of real estate by syndicators to partnerships. 2. The guidance in FASB Statement No. 66 should be applied by analogy to the recognition of profit on real estate syndication transactions, even if the syndicators never had ownership interests in the properties acquired by the real estate partnerships. 3. FASB Statement No. 66 does not apply to the recognition of fees excluded from sales value. 4. All fees charged by syndicators should be included in the determination of sales value in conformity with FASB Statement No. 66, except (1) fees for which future services must be performed and (2) syndication fees. 5. Syndicators should recognize fees for future services when they render the services. 6. Syndicators should recognize syndication fees when the earnings process is complete and collectibility is reasonably assured. 7. If syndicators are exposed to future losses or costs from (1) material involvement with the properties, partnerships, or partners or (2) uncertainties regarding the collectibility of partnership notes, they should defer income recognition on syndication fees and fees for future services until the losses or costs can be reasonably estimated. 8. Regardless of contractual provisions, for the purpose of determining whether buyers' initial and continuing investments satisfy the requirements for recognizing profit in full in conformity with FASB Statement No. 66, cash received by syndicators should be allocated to unpaid syndication fees before being allocated to sales value. After the syndication fee is fully paid, additional cash received should first be allocated to unpaid fees for future services, to the extent those services have been performed by the time the cash is received, before being allocated to sales value.
Real estate investment -- Syndication -- Accounting -- Standards -- United States
Accounting | Taxation
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Real Estate Committee, "Proposed statement of position : accounting for real estate syndication income;Accounting for real estate syndication income" (1990). Statements of Position. 544.