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Dec 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Has Your Goodwill Gone Bad?

Each year, a question from your auditor will inevitably pop up, “Have you tested your goodwill for impairment yet?” In 2015, that question might have sparked more grimace than in prior years; try DOUBLE the grimace.

A recently released survey of more than 8,500 publicly-traded companies in the U.S. found that total goodwill impairment increased from $26 billion in 2014 to $57 billion in 2015. Ironically, this occurred in a year characterized by exceptionally high merger and acquisition activity. The increased M&A activity last year seems to promise more write-offs in the future and even more reasons to be concerned about getting it right.

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Topics: Audit, FASB, goodwill impairment

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