Private company reporting

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A number of standard setters and regulators are making efforts to reduce complexity in accounting standards and simplify financial reporting. These changes may free up finance employees from some reporting duties and allow them to focus on responsibilities that add more value to their organizations.

News highlights for March 2015

FASB issued a new GAAP alternative that is designed to make accounting for certain intangible assets acquired in a business combination less costly and less complicated for private companies.

Application of PCC exception addressed in not-for-profit panel Q&A

Nonauthoritative guidance developed by the AICPA Not-for-Profit Entities Expert Panel addresses how a for-profit subsidiary of a not-for-profit entity can apply a private company accounting alternative related to amortization of goodwill in its stand-alone financial statements.

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The Private Company Council (PCC) voted to approve a GAAP alternative that will allow private companies to elect not to separately recognize and measure certain intangible assets acquired in a business combination.

Reducing unnecessary complexity remains a key focus of FASB

Taking unnecessary cost and complexity out of the U.S. financial reporting system has been a primary objective for Russell Golden since he became FASB’s chairman in July 2013. FASB plans to continue its efforts to reduce complexity—while maintaining usefulness of reporting to financial statement users—in the coming years, Golden said

PCC approves private company GAAP exception for certain acquired intangible assets

The Private Company Council (PCC) voted Tuesday to approve a GAAP alternative that will allow private companies to elect not to separately recognize and measure certain intangible assets acquired in a business combination. Private companies that elect the alternative would not recognize: Noncompetition agreements. Customer-related intangible assets that are not

No answer yet for private companies on acquired intangible assets

Accounting for intangible assets in a business combination was one of the first issues the Private Company Council (PCC) attempted to tackle in its mission to simplify accounting for private companies after it was formed in 2012. But after more than three hours of deliberation Tuesday, an answer remains elusive

New TPAs address changes to reports arising from PCC VIE alternative

New nonauthoritative guidance issued by the AICPA addresses changes to accountants’ or auditors’ reports when a client adopts a new Private Company Council (PCC) alternative that results in a change to a previously issued report. Private company clients can elect not to apply variable-interest entity guidance to certain common-control leasing

TPAs address new private company accounting alternatives

Three new AICPA Technical Questions and Answers (TPAs) provide nonauthoritative guidance regarding application of some accounting alternatives FASB issued in January for private entities that are not classified as public business entities, as defined in Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2013-12. AICPA Technical Questions and Answers (TPAs) 9150.32–.33 and 9160.29

FASB issues private company VIE alternative

A GAAP alternative issued by FASB on Thursday will allow a private company to elect—under certain circumstances—not to consolidate variable-interest entities (VIEs) in common-control leasing arrangements. The exemption, described in FASB Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-07, Applying Variable Interest Entities Guidance to Common Control Leasing Arrangements, is the third GAAP

FASB endorses private company VIE alternative for lease arrangements

FASB voted on Wednesday to endorse a GAAP alternative initiated by the Private Company Council (PCC) that will exempt private company lessees from a requirement to consolidate variable-interest entities (VIEs) in common-control leasing arrangements. The exemption will be allowed only if: The private company lessee and the lessor entity are

PCC modifies prerequisites for private-company VIE exception

The Private Company Council (PCC) on Tuesday modified the criteria for private companies to be eligible for a GAAP exception it had forwarded last year to FASB—a move that could provide relief to more small businesses. The PCC in November forwarded a GAAP exception that would exempt private companies from

Private-company GAAP alternatives could unlock savings

The first two GAAP alternatives created by the Private Company Council (PCC) were released by FASB on Thursday, giving private companies new options for possible cost savings in their financial reporting. FASB released Accounting Standards Updates describing the alternatives. They are: An exemption for private companies from the requirement to

FASB, PCC issue rules for private-company GAAP alternatives

The rules for providing alternative financial reporting guidance for private companies were formally established Monday when FASB and the Private Company Council (PCC) issued their Private Company Decision-Making Framework: A Guide for Evaluating Financial Accounting and Reporting for Private Companies. FASB also issued its definition of a public business entity,

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