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Private Company GAAP

According to an article on CFO.com,Turf War over Private-Company GAAP, The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) set up a new section on its website dedicated to the issues most relevant to private companies. The most important of these issues is this: The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), FASB’s overseer, is considering recommendations put forth by a panel from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). According to the article, “the AICPA wants the FAF to set up a separate board … to handle GAAP modifications for private companies. FASB, however, maintains it should have the rulemaking responsibility.” (I know it’s hard to follow all these acronyms!)

A “recent survey by Grant Thornton indicates that more than 50% of private-company CFOs don’t mind having FASB regulate the accounting standards. Only 22% support a separate body”.

Apparently there’s some jockeying between FASB and AICPA over who will govern GAAP rules for private companies, should those come into being. (And that looks like a certainty. It’s just a matter of time…a few years, perhaps?) If you want to contribute your input, as a business owner or CFO of a small or medium enterprise, you can visit the FASB website and contact one of the eight members assigned to take comments and feedback from and on non-public entities. Go to the Nonpublic Entities Stakeholders page and click on one of the links you deem most applicable.

For those who are confused by all the acronyms:

FASB – Financial Accounting Standards Board – establishes financial and accounting standards in the U.S.

GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles – “common set of accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their financial statements” (definition courtesy of Investopedia)

FAF – Financial Accounting Foundation – the private sector entity that operates/runs/oversees FASB

AICPA – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – professional association of CPAs in the U.S.



About Tiffany C. Wright

Hi! I,Tiffany C. Wright, am the author of the ebook, "Help! I Need Money for My Business Now!!" and the book "Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses", available on Amazon. I am the president of Toca Family Business Services, a short-term & project-based interim management & strategic and financial advisory firm, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In the past five years I've helped small and medium companies restructure and obtain over $31 Million in financing and a similar amount in purchase orders and contracts. I have an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Personal: I enjoy investing. I am a prodigious reader of everything from business books, magazines, and newspapers to horror and popular fiction. I read 4-6 books per month. I also love to travel. I've been to 33 countries on 5 continents and lived in Japan for 2.5 years and aim for a foreign locale twice a year. I am also an athlete and run track on the Master's Circuit. The highlight was placing 7th in my age group in the 2007 World Master's Track and Field Championships in Italy.


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The Resourceful CEO, Tiffany C. Wright

the president of Toca Family Business Services, a strategic and financial advisory firm which provides short-term & project-based C-level management. She is the author of Solving the Financial Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses, available on Amazon.

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