Private Company Council Established
In 2009 a study was conducted to address how the accounting standards can meet the financial statement reporting needs of US private companies. The study found that accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) often address issues that are not relevant to smaller, less complex companies, including those that are not public. Some of the most costly and complex standards to implement for a small business were the least relevant and least useful for the reader of the financial statements.
Many small private companies are normally only required to file income tax returns but lenders and bonding companies are requiring GAAP financials which the companies do not have the accounting resources to prepare. The cost of preparing the GAAP financials for these small private companies often exceeds the benefits.
The newly established Private Company Council will work directly with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to give recommendations of various modifications to GAAP that would be considered beneficial for the small private company. During the first few years the council will meet several times during the year and will be open to the public. Stay tuned for updates on changes to the financial statement reporting standards for private companies as the Private Company Council implements its recommendations.