Seeing that the deliberations on these items are making steady progress towards convergence, the ASBJ and the IASB agreed to add three items as follows: asset retirement obligation
, construction contracts, and disclosure of financial instruments at fair value.
In releasing the standard, FASB noted that because existing practice concerning accounting for all obligations associated with the removal of long-lived assets was inconsistent, SFAS 143 was written with the broader intent of covering all asset retirement obligations
Specifically, the measurement of a liability for an asset retirement obligation
should equal what a willing third party would require currently to assume the company's liability.
143, an entity must recognize an asset retirement obligation
at its fair value the amount at which an informed willing party would agree to assume the obligation.