AICPA Releases FRF for SMEs Decision Tool 

Tool will help entities decide whether to use the Institute´s newly developed accounting framework 

Published August 29, 2013

Contact: Mitchell Slepian, 212-596-6177, or Gil Nielsen, 212-596-6008,

NEW YORK (August 29,  2013)
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has released guidelines to help  privately held businesses determine which accounting framework, including the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs), best meets their financial reporting needs.  The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy  (NASBA) provided input into the development of the new tool for CPAs and America´s Main Street (#MainStFinancials) businesses.

Prior to the issuance of this tool, the AICPA released illustrative financial statements and disclosures, developed as an aid to implementing the FRF for SMEs framework and to help distinguish between financial statements based on the new framework and GAAP-prepared statements.

The AICPA has developed the FRF for SMEs framework for use by private, owner-managed businesses when GAAP financial statements are not required. The framework was designed to provide financial statement users with useful, relevant information in a simplified, consistent, cost-effective way.

The tool is available at no cost at Decision Tool for Adopting an Accounting Framework.