Private company reporting

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,

Private company VIE exception approved by PCC

A GAAP exception approved Tuesday by the Private Company Council (PCC) would exempt private companies from applying consolidation guidance for variable-interest entities (VIEs) under common-control leasing arrangements. Some changes were made from the original proposal, as the PCC struggled with concerns over the definition of “common control” and other issues.

Private company initiatives making progress

David Morgan, CPA/PFS, said members of the Tennessee Bankers Association seemed pleased earlier this fall after he gave a presentation about the features of the AICPA’s Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs). “Once … it was explained to them, that it was a good alternative,

PCC to ask FASB to endorse first private company GAAP exceptions

The Private Company Council (PCC) on Tuesday approved its first GAAP exceptions for private companies and will forward them to FASB for final endorsement. If FASB endorses the exceptions, they will be written into GAAP. These would be the first GAAP exceptions approved by the PCC, which was formed last

New option a game changer for private companies

Main Street businesses now have a new option for non-GAAP financial reporting. The AICPA Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) was created to answer demands of CPAs, small business owners and managers, and their bankers and other stakeholders. The accounting framework is designed to offer:

Which accounting framework should a private company use?

Multiple options for private company financial reporting have emerged this year as standard setters, the AICPA, and other organizations have sought to reduce complexity and costs for small business owners. A new tool developed by the AICPA provides guidelines to help privately held businesses determine which accounting framework best meets

FASB proposes VIE alternative for private companies

FASB on Thursday formally issued for public comment a proposal that would exempt many private companies from the requirement to apply variable-interest entity (VIE) consolidation guidance to lessor companies under common control. The proposal, which was originally advanced by the Private Company Council (PCC), would create an alternative within U.S.

FASB to propose relief for private companies from VIE requirements

FASB moved closer Wednesday to providing relief for private companies from variable-interest entity (VIE) consolidation requirements for common control leasing arrangements, which are considered costly and irrelevant by many small business owners. The board voted to endorse a decision by the Private Company Council (PCC) to propose an alternative for

NFPs excluded from FASB’s proposed definition of a public business entity

FASB would not consider not-for-profits (NFPs) and employee benefit plans public business entities for purposes of future standard setting, according to a new proposal the board exposed for public comment Wednesday. FASB is defining a public business entity to prevent confusion over which entities can apply the alternatives within GAAP

PCC proposing VIE consolidation exception for private company leases

The Private Company Council (PCC) voted Tuesday to propose a GAAP alternative for private companies for applying consolidation guidance for leasing entities under common control. Private companies would be exempt from applying consolidation guidance for variable-interest entities (VIEs) under common control leasing arrangements under the proposal the PCC voted to

FASB proposes GAAP changes for private companies on 3 issues

FASB on Monday formally proposed changes to GAAP for private companies that are designed to make financial reporting less burdensome for private companies on three issues. The proposals were crafted by the Private Company Council (PCC), which was created last year to propose alternatives for private companies within U.S. GAAP.

FASB agrees to advance three private company alternatives for public comment

The march toward possible exceptions and modifications to U.S. GAAP for private companies continued Monday when FASB voted to issue three Private Company Council (PCC) initiatives for public exposure. FASB expects to issue the exposure drafts later this month. After the exposure period, the PCC will review comments of stakeholders

AICPA unveils framework designed for streamlined reporting

The AICPA on Monday launched the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs), a new option for small business financial reporting. Designed to help smaller, privately held, owner-managed businesses, the FRF for SMEs accounting option is intended for businesses that do not need to prepare GAAP-compliant

PCC makes progress toward 3 key private company exceptions

The Private Company Council (PCC) made progress Tuesday toward creating its first GAAP exceptions and modifications for private companies. PCC members voted to issue an exposure draft seeking public comment on proposed alternatives to GAAP designed to improve financial reporting for private companies. A simple majority of FASB members must

New FASB proposal would increase private companies’ options

Private companies would be able to choose and use only the GAAP exceptions or modifications that make sense for them in their financial reporting under a new proposal released Monday by FASB. FASB and the Private Company Council (PCC) issued an Invitation to Comment on the private company decision-making framework.

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