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This excerpt taken from the KMB 10-Q filed Nov 7, 2006.

Note 1.  Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included.

 

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Corporation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.

 

New Accounting Standards

 

In June 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Interpretation No. 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, an interpretation of FASB Statement 109 (“FIN 48”). FIN 48 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in the financial statements by standardizing the level of confidence needed to recognize uncertain tax benefits and the process for measuring the amount of benefit to recognize. FIN 48 also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure, and transition. FIN 48 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2006. The Corporation will adopt FIN 48 as of January 1, 2007, as required. The cumulative effect of adopting FIN 48 will be recorded in retained earnings. The Corporation is currently evaluating the interpretation. However, adoption of FIN 48 is not expected to have a material effect on the Corporation’s financial statements.

 

In September 2006, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 157, Fair Value Measurements (“SFAS 157”). SFAS 157 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. SFAS 157 does not require any new fair value measurements; however, it will apply under other accounting pronouncements that require or permit fair value measurements. SFAS 157 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2007 and interim periods within such years. The Corporation will adopt SFAS 157 as of January 1, 2008, as required. The Corporation is currently evaluating the new standard. However, adoption of SFAS 157 is not expected to have a material effect on the Corporation’s financial statements.

 

In September 2006, the FASB issued SFAS No. 158, Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans, an amendment of FASB Statements Nos. 87, 88, 106 and 132R (“SFAS 158”). SFAS 158 requires an employer that sponsors one or more postretirement defined benefit plan(s) to:

 

Recognize the funded status of postretirement defined benefit plans – measured as the difference between the fair value of plan assets and the benefit obligations – in its consolidated balance sheet.

 

Recognize changes in the funded status of postretirement defined benefit plans in other comprehensive income in the year in which the changes occur.

 

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