The OCC, Federal Reserve Board, FDIC and OTS have collectively approved a final rule that permits banking organizations to reduce the goodwill deduction to tier 1 capital by the amount of any associated deferred tax liability. Banks, savings associations and bank holding companies are allowed to adopt this rule for the reporting period ending December 31, 2008.
In a taxable business combination, the deferred tax liability arises from differences between tax treatment and book treatment of the asset. And, that deferred tax liability is not routinely settled for financial reporting purposes; it remains until the goodwill is written down, written off or otherwise derecognized. If the entire amount of the goodwill is impaired, the banking organization would also derecognize the associated deferred tax liability for financial reporting purposes. Therefore, the banking organization’s maximum exposure to loss with respect to the goodwill asset would be the full carrying value of that goodwill less the deferred tax liability. The spirit of this rule change is to improve the tier 1 capital computation by reflecting the banking organization’s actual exposure to loss with respect to goodwill arising from taxable business combinations. Also, the banking organization that deducts goodwill net of the associated deferred tax liability from tier 1 capital may not net that deferred tax liability against deferred tax assets for the computation of regulatory capital limitations on deferred tax assets.
Comments largely positive
Other miscellaneous changes
· Clarification of the current treatment of intangible assets acquired due to a nontaxable purchase business combination
· Replacement of the term “purchased mortgage servicing rights” with “servicing assets”
· Clarification of OCC’s interpretation of existing regulatory text
· Amendment of the goodwill definition to conform to GAAP
To review the full text of the final rule, please click here (http://www.fdic.gov/news/board/08DEC15rule4.pdf).