Utilities closely watching FERC ADIT reporting requirements
Comment letters are in, and the waiting game has begun.
On November 15, 2018, FERC initiated RM19-5, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addresses how electric transmission providers, natural gas utilities, and pipelines must reflect the accounting and reporting of excess deferred income taxes resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Comment letters were due by January 22, 2019. Two items that are closely watched and which have received many comments in the docket are the following:
Permanent ADIT Worksheet
The proposed ADIT worksheet, to be filed in the compliance filing, should include:
how any ADIT accounts were re-measured and the excess or deficient ADIT contained in those accounts
the accounting of any excess or deficient amounts in Accounts 182.3 and 254
whether the excess or deficient ADIT is protected or unprotected
the accounts to which excess or deficient ADIT will be amortized
the amortization period of the excess or deficient ADIT to be returned or recovered through rates
Financial Statement Disclosures
The following is proposed to be included in the Notes to the Financial Statements:
the FERC accounts affected
how any ADIT accounts were re-measured in the determination of the excess or deficient ADIT amounts in Accounts 182.3 and 254
the related amounts associated with the reversal and elimination of ADIT balances in those accounts
the amount of excess and deficient ADIT that is protected and unprotected
the accounts to which the excess or deficient ADIT will be amortized
the amortization period of the excess and deficient ADIT to be returned or recovered through rates for both protected and unprotected ADIT
Utilities are preparing for adverse rulings.
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