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What is GASB 75?
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement 45 in June 2004. GASB 45 was a financial reporting provision requiring government employers to measure and report liabilities associated with post-employment benefits other than pensions. GASB Statement 75 largely replaces GASB 45. This measurement is referred to as an actuarial “valuation.” Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) may include retiree medical, drug, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, and long-term care benefits that are not associated with a pension. Government employers required to comply with GASB 75 include public schools, cities, states, and other government entities that offer OPEB and report under GASB. Valuations are required to include both early retirees and Medicare retirees if they are allowed to continue on the employer’s plan(s). The primary changes from the previous Statement relate to a requirement for all school districts to report every other year, a change in the method of calculating a discount rate, and a requirement to include the liability on the District’s combined financial report.
There are now essentially just two classifications of districts: those with more than 100 members on their plan, and those with 100 or fewer. All districts must include a complete valuation starting for the year ending June 30, 2018, and then a roll forward report every other year. ISFIS recommends using a census date of September 1 of each year, which can be used for both a two year period. The roll forward year will then only need to be adjusted for a change in the discount rate.
Number of Members
Members include all active employees, terminated employees who have accumulated benefits but are not yet receiving them, retirees currently receiving benefits, surviving spouses if they are entitled to coverage, and eligible employees not actively participating.
Alternative Measurement Method for Small Schools
Entities with more than 100 members must have a full (standard) valuation. Entities with 100 or fewer members may use an Alternative Measurement Method (AMM). The ISFIS AMM Solution is available at a greatly reduced rate.
GASB 75 does not require entities to prefund, but does require these liabilities to be reported in their financial statements. The intent of GASB 75 is to focus increased attention on non-pension retiree benefits and the need to intelligently manage these costs.