Title

An Empirical Basis for Allocating Enterprise and Personal Goodwill

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Business Valuation Review

Volume

29

Issue

1

Publication Date

2010

First Page

4

Last Page

11

Abstract

Van Amburgh's methodology for allocating personal and enterprise goodwill is flawed. We present a standard empirical approach that can be applied to the problem of allocating goodwill. Based on survey data of professional accounting firms, we apply regression analysis and estimate the percentage of total goodwill that is personal goodwill. These results suggest that personal goodwill for relatively small professional accounting practices ranges from approximately 45% to 88% of total goodwill. The same methodology and data are also applied to the problem of determining an individual owner's share of total personal goodwill.

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