For goodwill impairment testing, what is the testing level under U.S. GAAP and IFRS?
Under U.S. GAAP, goodwill is tested for impairment at the “reporting unit” level, while under IFRS, the testing is performed at the cash-generating unit (CGU).
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Since finite life intangible assets are capitalized onto the balance sheet at the acquisition/purchase price, that amount represents the capitalized cost base to amortize. Assuming the straight-line method is used, the company divides the capitalized cost by the estimated useful life, and that gives you the amortization expense per year to recognize in the financial […]