Accounting for Business Combinations

Study Level:  Basic
Field of Study: Accounting
Prerequisites:  None

Course Description: 

This course provides an in-depth overview of the accounting and reporting requirements with respect to business combinations as prescribed by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 805, Business Combinations. The overall objective of the guidance included within ASC 805 is to improve the relevance, representational faithfulness, and comparability of the information that a reporting entity provides in its financial reports about a business combination and its effects. 

Course Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the definition of a business as it relates to a business combination transaction
  • list the steps involved in the acquisition method
  • identify the acquisition date for a business combination
  • recognize principles and exceptions in the measurement of assets and liabilities of a business combination
    differentiate between the various categories of intangible assets
  • recognize how to measure goodwill and gains from bargain purchases
  • identify the measurement period for business combinations
  • recognize financial statement disclosures related to business combinations
  • identify the relief afforded to private entities with respect to accounting for business combinations
  • differentiate between measurement principles of business combinations and asset acquisitions
Revised: Sept. 2018
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