Private company reporting

PCC gets new chair, three new members

Candace Wright, who serves as a director with Louisiana CPA firm Postlethwaite & Netterville, was appointed as chair of the Private Company Council (PCC).

Will simpler also be better?

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.

Financial reporting

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

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Tackling TCJA changes this tax season

Return preparers must be ready for how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has modified many common features of individual and business returns.