Private Company Council (PCC)

Projects


What is currently on the PCC’s agenda?


What Has Been Completed By the PCC?



Private Company Decision-Making Framework

On December 23, 2013, the Board and the Private Company Council issued the Final Guide, Private Company Decision-Making Framework: A Guide for Evaluating Financial Accounting and Reporting for Private Companies.

The primary purpose of this Guide is to assist the Board and the PCC in determining whether and in what circumstances to provide alternative recognition, measurement, disclosure, display, effective date, and transition guidance for private companies reporting under U.S. GAAP. This Guide provides considerations for the PCC and the Board in making user-relevance and cost-benefit evaluations for private companies under the existing conceptual framework. The Guide is intended to be a tool to help the Board and the PCC identify differential information needs of users of public company financial statements and users of private company financial statements and to identify opportunities to reduce the complexity and costs of preparing financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Pre-Agenda Research

The PCC also directed the FASB staff to develop agenda research memoranda on Stock-based compensation. The PCC did not formally add to its agenda accounting for uncertain tax positions (as referenced in ASC Topic 740, income tax, formerly FIN 48). Members did not identify specific practice issues that require immediate attention. Members acknowledged the desire to continue to solicit feedback from stakeholders on this issue.

Based on the recommendation of the PCC at their July 16, 2013 meeting, the FASB added a project to its technical agenda to address financial reporting complexity for entities in the development stage.

Advising on FASB Projects

The PCC also serves as the primary advisory body to the FASB on the appropriate treatment for private companies for items under active consideration on the FASB’s technical agenda. The PCC has advised the FASB on the following FASB projects:
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Leases (Exposure Draft) —Submitted Comment Letter on December 3, 2013
  • Accounting for Financial Instruments (Exposure Draft)
  • Going Concern (Exposure Draft)
  • Disclosure Framework (Invitation to Comment)
  • Government Assistance
  • Reporting Discontinued Operations