Goodwill impairment testing – Is a qualitative assessment right for your company?
Abstract: According to a recent survey, most businesses aren’t using the optional qualitative assessment to evaluate goodwill for impairment. The Financial Accounting Standards Board introduced this option in 2011 to ease the often complex and costly burden of quantitative testing. But qualitative testing often requires substantial effort and extensive documentation, and many company leaders have opted to stick with the quantitative approach. However, a recent AICPA guide offers a framework for performing the optional qualitative assessment.