Tentative Board Decisions

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February 12, 2014 FASB Board Meeting

Accounting for Goodwill for Public Business Entities and Not-for-Profits. The Board considered the following alternatives for accounting for goodwill after a business combination for public business entities and not-for-profit entities:
  1. The amortization of goodwill over 10 years or less than 10 years if an entity demonstrates that another useful life is more appropriate. Goodwill would be tested for impairment upon the occurrence of a triggering event. An entity would make an accounting policy election to test goodwill for impairment at the entity level or at the reporting unit level. The amount of impairment would be the difference in the carrying value of the entity and its fair value (or the carrying value of the reporting unit and its fair value). This alternative is consistent with the alternative for private companies proposed by the Private Company Council and endorsed by the Board.
  2. The amortization of goodwill with impairment tests over its useful life is not to exceed a maximum number of years
  3. The direct writeoff of goodwill
  4. A simplified impairment test.
No decisions were made at the meeting. The Board directed the staff to perform additional research and outreach with public business entity stakeholders about the alternatives, including (1) direct writeoff with disclosures about acquisitions and (2) a simplified impairment test. After the Board makes a decision for public business entities, it will decide whether not-for-profit entities should be permitted to use the alternative that exists for private companies.