Presentation on theme: "Fall Break Planning Fall break is October 13th & 14th"— Presentation transcript:
1Fall Break Planning Fall break is October 13th & 14th Second exam is scheduled for Wednesday October 15thReview session will be Tuesday October 14th at 7:30pmAlternative exam time (before fall break) will be Friday October 10th from 8:00am to 9:20am
2Chapter 1 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND ACCOUNTING STANDARDS Sommers – Intermediate I Chapter 1: Environment and Theoretical Structure of Financial Accounting.
3Generally Accepted Accounting Principles FASB CodificationGoal in developing the Codification is to provide in one place all the authoritative literature related to a particular topic.Creates one level of GAAP, which is considered authoritative.All other accounting literature is considered non-authoritative.FASB has developed the Financial Accounting Standards Board Codification Research System (CRS). CRS is an online real-time database that provides easy access to the Codification.
5Issues in Financial Reporting GAAP in a Political EnvironmentIllustration 1-6User Groups that Influence the Formulation of Accounting StandardsGAAP is as much a product of political action as they are of careful logic or empirical findings.
6Issues in Financial Reporting International Accounting StandardsTwo sets of standards accepted for international use:U.S. GAAP, issued by the FASB.International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), issued by the IASB.FASB and IASB recognize that global markets will best be served if only one set of GAAP is used.
7IFRS Insights – Relevant Facts International standards are referred to as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Recent events in the global capital markets have underscored the importance of financial disclosure and transparency not only in the United States but in markets around the world.U.S standards, referred to as generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), are developed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The fact that there are differences between what is in this textbook (which is based on U.S. standards) and IFRS should not be surprising because the FASB and IASB have responded to different user needs. In some countries, the primary users of financial statements are private investors; in others, the primary users are tax authorities or central government planners. It appears that the United States and the international standard-setting environment are primarily driven by meeting the needs of investors and creditors.
8IFRS Insights – Relevant Facts The internal control standards applicable to Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) apply only to large public companies listed on U.S. exchanges. There is a continuing debate as to whether non-U.S. companies should have to comply with this extra layer of regulation. Debate about international companies (non-U.S.) adopting SOX-type standards centers on whether the benefits exceed the costs. The concern is that the higher costs of SOX compliance are making the U.S. securities markets less competitive.The textbook mentions a number of ethics violations, such as WorldCom, AIG, and Lehman Brothers. These problems have also occurred internationally, for example, at Satyam Computer Services (India), Parmalat (Italy), and Royal Ahold (the Netherlands).
9IFRS Insights – Relevant Facts IFRS tends to be simpler in its accounting and disclosure requirements; some people say more “principles-based.” GAAP is more detailed; some people say more “rules-based.” This difference in approach has resulted in a debate about the merits of “principles-based” versus “rules-based” standards.The SEC allows foreign companies that trade shares in U.S. markets to file their IFRS financial statements without reconciliation to GAAP.
10Idea of ConvergenceRules based accounting standards vs. objectives-oriented approachUS GAAP → IFRSObjectives oriented (principles-based) approach stresses professional judgment
11IFRS InsightsABOUT THE NUMBERSIllustration IFRS1-1Global Companies
12Will US Move to IFRS?Accounting Today Article – “Accounting Convergence Unachievable”
13Discussion QuestionQ2-1 What is a conceptual framework? Why is a conceptual framework necessary in financial accounting?
14The Conceptual Framework The Conceptual Framework has been described as a constitution, a coherent system of interrelated objectives and fundamental that lead to consistent accounting standards.Maintain consistency among standards.Resolve new accounting problems.Provide user benefits.The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued seven Statements of Financial Accounting Concepts that form what we know as the conceptual framework of accounting. The conceptual framework does not prescribe generally accepted accounting principles, but it provides an underlying foundation for the development of accounting standards.. The primary purpose of the conceptual framework is a process leading to cohesive objectives and fundamental concepts on which financial accounting and reporting can be based.
15Conceptual Framework Overview of the Conceptual Framework First Level = Basic ObjectivesSecond Level = Qualitative Characteristics and ElementsThird Level = Recognition, Measurement, and Disclosure Concepts.LO 2 Describe the FASB’s efforts to construct a conceptual framework.
17First Level: Basic Objectives Objective of general-purpose financial reporting is:To provide financial information about the reporting entity that is useful to present and potential equity investors, lenders, and other creditors in making decisions about providing resources to the entity.
18Second Level: Fundamental Concepts Qualitative Characteristics“The FASB identified the Qualitative Characteristics of accounting information that distinguish better (more useful) information from inferior (less useful) information for decision-making purposes.”
19Second Level: Qualitative Characteristics Illustration 2-2Hierarchy of Accounting QualitiesLO 4 Identify the qualitative characteristics of accounting information.
20Discussion QuestionQ2-3 What is mean by the term “qualitative characteristics of accounting information”?
21Second Level: Qualitative Characteristics Fundamental Quality—RelevanceTo be relevant, accounting information must be capable of making a difference in a decision.
22Discussion QuestionQ2-5 How is materiality (or immateriality) related to the proper presentation of financial statements? What factors and measures should be considered in assessing the materiality of a misstatement in the presentation of a financial statement?
23Second Level: Qualitative Characteristics Fundamental Quality—Faithful RepresentationFaithful representation means that the numbers and descriptions match what really existed or happened.