The many practitioners who conduct valuations in the normal course of their practices will shortly be required to follow, for the first time, detailed standards, because the Consulting Services Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs has issued a comprehensive professional statement of standards - Statement on Standards for Valuation Services No. 1, Valuation of a Business, Business Ownership Interest, Security or Intangible Asset."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 AICPA president and CEO Barry Melancon, in a statement. "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. The standard promotes greater transparency and provides our members with a set of guidelines in the unique context of a CPA practice."

It applies to AICPA members who perform an engagement that estimates the value of a business, 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.

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