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Any company that has gone through a merger and acquisition (M&A) understands the complexity involved in accounting for divestitures. Covered under ASC 805 (formerly SFAS 141), accounting for divestitures — along with accounting for business combinations, discontinued operations, impairments, intangibles and segment reporting — poses many challenges for businesses and...

Manufacturers make or create products to sell to customers, but service businesses sell customers something a little less tangible. While manufacturers keep careful track of their product inventory, service businesses need to track a different kind of inventory: the time employees spend working that can be billed to clients. This measurement...