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Transparency in Financial Reporting

A concise comparison of IFRS and US GAAP

By Ruth Ann McEwen

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Transparency in Financial Reporting

A concise comparison of IFRS and US GAAP

By Ruth Ann McEwen

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By January 2012 all major economies, apart from the US, will provide financial reports using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This book sets out the key differences between IFRS and US GAAP from a practitioner’s perspective, although financial analysts will also benefit from the material presented.

The financial crisis has been attributed to, among other things, a perceived lack of transparency in the financial markets. In general, transparency implies an ability to see the reported results of an entity’s financial activities clearly and to use these results in making investment decisions. At question is the belief that transparency in financial reporting will lead to transparency in financial markets. Unfortunately, this link may be more subjective than most of us wish.

Ruth Ann McEwen presents an analysis of reporting issues affecting transparency under IFRS, compared with US GAAP, and suggests areas of concern for preparers and users of financial reports. Providing an invaluable guide for all accountancy professionals, the book also contains a technical analysis of major accounting issues raised by convergence, and indicates areas of interest during initial adoption of IFRS by US entities. This authoritative book provides all the essential information required for advanced practitioners and analysts at this critical juncture.

About the author

Ruth Ann McEwen is Associate Dean of Accreditation and Administration and Professor of Accounting for the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Management with a concentration in Accounting from the Georgia Institute of Technology and taught Financial Accounting at the Master's and Doctoral levels for more than 20 years. She is the author or co-author of more than 40 refereed articles and proceedings focusing on the usefulness of accounting information. She has published in such premier journals as The Accounting Review, Decision Sciences, Accounting Horizons, CPA Journal, International Journal of Accounting and the Journal of Business Ethics and is the author of "Earnings Per Share" and co-author of "Asset Retirement Obligations" published by Tax Management, Inc. In 1998, she presented a series of research papers to a joint seminar of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board focusing on current financial reporting. From 2005 until 2008, Dean McEwen served as a consultant to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, authorized as a content expert to codify United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles which comprises authoritative guidance for US corporate financial reporting. She also consults in areas of financial accounting and standards compliance. Dean McEwen has received numerous scholarly, teaching and research awards.


“This book will give professional accountants a terrific review of the IFRS/USGAAP differences and their affects on financial statement transparency. This is a well written, succinct, technically accurate and, above all, timely book.”

– Professor Morris McInnes, Associate Dean, Dean for Academic Affairs, Sawyer School of Management, Associate Dean – Accounting

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“Those who breathed a sigh of relief when current Securities and Exchange Commissioner Mary Shapiro threw her predecessor’s ambitious timeline for the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards into limbo should not get too comfortable: It’s still likely that U.S. accountants will have to learn a whole new set of standards – it’s just that… Read more »

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Part One: Transparency of Financial Reporting
1. Transparency and Financial Reporting Quality
2. Transparency of the Balance Sheet: Fair Valuation
A. Fair valuation under alternative market assumptions
B. Hierarchy of inputs
C. Hierarchy of inputs: example
D. Entity-specific estimates

Part Two: Financial Reporting under IFRS Convergence
3. Legal Basis of US GAAP and IFRS
A. Common law versus code law
B. The codification
4. Fundamental Similarities and Differences

Part Three: Technical Analysis: US GAAP versus IFRS
5. Presentation of Financial Information
A. Balance sheet items
B. Income statement items
C. Comprehensive income, earnings and earnings per share
D. Statement of cash flows
E. Interim and segment reporting
F. Assets held for sale and discontinued operations
G. Capital
H. Stockholders' equity
I. Notes

6. Related Party Transactions

7. Subsequent Events

8. Revenue Recognition
A. Bill-and-hold sales
B. Long-term construction contracts
C. Software
D. Multiple deliverables
E. Disclosure
F. Differences in revenue recognition

9. Assets
A. Inventory
B. Biological assets
C. Plant, property and equipment
D. Investment property
E. Leased assets
F. Basket purchases and bargain purchases
G. Investments in securities and the equity method
H. Asset retirement obligations
I. Intangible assets

10. Asset Impairment

11. Liabilities and Contingencies
A. Current liabilities
B. Loss contingencies
C. Provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets

12. Pension Obligations and Expenses

13. Financial Instruments

14. Derivatives and Hedging

15. In Process Research and Development

16. Share Based Payments

17. Restructuring

18. Business Combinations
A. Consolidated or separate presentation

19. Income Taxes

Part Four: First Time Adoption: IFRS 1
20. Asset Differences

21. Mandatory and Optional Exemptions
A. Mandatory exemptions
B. Optional exemptions
C. Other adoption considerations

Part Five: Conclusion


Edition: 1st
Pages: 152
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781906659134
ebook - ISBN 9780857190222
hardback - ISBN
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