Not-for-profit entities have a new, optional accounting alternative for evaluating goodwill impairment triggering events. The accounting alternative is intended to simplify and eliminate the requirement to monitor for triggering events throughout the reporting period that would cause an entity to perform a test for goodwill impairment. Rather than performing a continuous assessment of triggering events, an entity electing the alternative would evaluate the existence of a goodwill impairment triggering event as of an interim or annual reporting date. The new alternative is available for not-for-profit entities that account for goodwill as an indefinite-lived asset as well as not-for-profit entities that have elected to amortize goodwill. It is available for entities that have not yet issued their Dec. 31, 2020 financial statements and could cause some entities that experienced significant, but short-lived impacts from COVID-19 to forgo performing a test of goodwill impairment during 2020. The policy election to apply the alternative can also be made at a future date.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently extended relief for goodwill and intangible asset accounting to not-for-profit organizations. Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2019-06 will allow not-for-profit organizations to access the same simplified approach to these two issues that private companies have been granted.
Financial Accounting Standards Board,
Accounting Standard Update
We live in the information age, and for not-for-profit organizations, that can mean broader exposure for your mission, activities and your ultimate asset—goodwill.
Considerable information about not-for-profit organizations is available online, from digitized IRS Form 990 information to mission statements. Exposure to a broader audience comes with its upsides, but it also means that not-for-profit organizations have more information to manage than in years past. Reviewing the types of information available helps ensure what the public can see online reflects your organization’s objectives.
public facing data,