Financial Accounting Standard Codification

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is a domestic, not-for-profit organization based in Connecticut. For more than 40 years, the FASB has helped set reporting standards within the accounting trade. Visit the FASB website and read About the FASB to learn more about its history.

One of the FASB’s major contributions to the accounting profession is the FASB Codification. Codification content is organized by subject matter in a hierarchy. The outline format provides an easy-to-navigate structure that you can use to get information regarding your specific topic of interest.

The codification’s hierarchy begins with the following four highest levels:

First, select a hierarchy, beginning with the area of interest. Then, pick the topic within the area, then the subtopic, and then the section. Areas, Topics, and Subtopics are landing pages that contain tables of contents. Sections are the only pages that have codification content.

For example, if you wanted to research costing inventory, you would click on the following: Assets > 330 Inventory > 10 Overall > 30 Initial Measurement > General > 30-1 Cost Basis.

You would then see the detailed codification specific to costing inventory.

Although there are thousands of sections within the hundreds of subtopics, once you practice and get used to moving around in the codification, it is easy to research your accounting topics. You may find yourself utilizing it not only for class research but also for topics you are working on in your professional life.

Note: Once you have selected a subtopic, you may find it useful to click Combine Subsections. This will show the different subsections and their content on one page, allowing you to quickly scan and review areas of interest to you.

The codification is organized within the following nine areas:

The Industry area identifies 32 industries that have specific items unique to them. These industries range from five different areas of Entertainment to Mining, Financial Services, Airlines, Agriculture, Franchisors, Software, Health Care Entities, and many more.


To complete this assignment, you will need to access FASB Accounting Standards Codification. When clicking the link, click the Captcha and click “Access the Basic View.”  You do not need to create an account and you do not need a username and password to access the Codification site.

After verifying the Captcha, accept the license agreement and you will have access to the Codification site. From there, you can browse the various sections using the menu on the left. The search feature is not available in this version.

For this assignment, write a 2–4 page paper in which you:

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The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:


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