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AICPA Business Valuation Standards

AICPA Business Valuation Standards

The Consulting Services Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) released a new professional standard on valuation services, Statement on Standards for Valuation Services No. 1 (SSVS No. 1) “Valuation of a Business, Business Ownership Interest, Security, or Intangible Asset.”

The standards guide CPAs developing estimates of value and reporting on the results. It applies to AICPA members who estimate a business’ value, business interest, security or intangible asset for numerous purposes, including sales transactions, financing, taxation, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, management and financial planning and litigation.

“The AICPA developed the valuation standard to improve the consistency and quality of practice among its members who perform engagements that estimate values for various reasons,” said Barry Melancon, CPA, AICPA President and CEO. “Congress, government agencies and accounting regulators have recently focused their attention on appraisal issues – such activity shows the importance of valuation to the business community and individuals. In addition, an increasing number of CPAs offer valuation services. The standard promotes greater transparency and provides our members with a set of guidelines in the unique context of a CPA practice.”

To view the AICPA business valuation standards, click here.