Incorporating IFRS into the U.S. FinancialReporting System
By Jim Pitrat, CPA - Practice Leader, Assurance & Advisory Practice
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011
Public Company Financial Executive Briefng
In November 2008, the SEC issued a proposed “roadmap” or the potential use o IFRS by U.S. domestic registrants infnancial statements fled with the SEC (see Bulletin No. 2008-46 dated November 2008). Although the SEC has not made a decisionregarding whether IFRS should be adopted and, i so, the manner in which this should be accomplished, the Ofce o the Chie Accoun- tant has published the Work Plan or the Consideration o Incorporating International Financial Reporting Standards into the FinancialReporting System or U.S. Issuers - Exploring a Possible Method o Incorporation. The paper presents one possible approach.
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APPROACHES USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES
The Sta has identifed two approaches used by other countries in adopting IFRS:
• Convergence: Countries do not directly adopt IFRS as their accounting standards. They maintain local standards while
making eorts to converge such standards, over time.
• Endorsement: Countries directly incorporate individual IFRS into their local standards.
The approach presented in the Staff Paper is referred to as “Condorsement,” which includes parts of convergence andendorsement. A brief summary follows:
The General Framework
1. Retain a U.S. standard setter (the FASB)
2. Incorporate IFRS into U.S. GAAP over a dened period of time (e.g., ve to seven years), with the ultimate goal beingthat a U.S. issuer compliant with U.S. GAAP would also be able to assert that it is in compliance with IFRS.
Role of the FASB
The FASB would continue to play an active part in assisting in the development of high-quality globally accepted standards. TheFASB would ensure that U.S. interests are addressed in the development of those standards.
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