10th Annual Conference for Financial Reporting and Business Communication, Cardiff, July 2006
32 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2008 Last revised: 15 Aug 2008
Date Written: July 6, 2006
In the last fifteen years, many national standard setters have introduced differential reporting for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Internationally, SMEs are a diverse and dynamic group which are described under broad characteristics in different countries. Acceptance and imposition of International Accounting Standards (IASs) has reignited the debate on differential reporting, especially since the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued a discussion document in June 2004 on SME reporting. The prevalence of an unsubstantiated view that SMEs are 'small entities on the way to becoming large entities' overshadows the argument on whether and how SMEs should be offered relief from highly technical IAS. Unique SME factors, including close-knit agency relationships, and a tendency to aim for survival and stability over profit maximisation and growth suggest a distinctly different focus to the IASB conceptual framework is required. It is the objective of this paper to provide a review of the diversity in jurisdictional approaches to resolve conceptual and standard-setting issues. This research has been motivated by the absence in academic literature of sufficient studies examining the underlying issues fundamental to redefining the balance between the accountability and decision-usefulness functions of general purpose financial reporting. To achieve this objective, this paper considers relevant academic and practitioner literature before undertaking an analysis of the issues this literature raises.
Keywords: Small GAAP, SMEs, IASB, FRSSE
JEL Classification: K22, M41
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Cordery, Carolyn J. and Baskerville, Rachel F., Small GAAP: A Large Jump for the IASB (July 6, 2006). 10th Annual Conference for Financial Reporting and Business Communication, Cardiff, July 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1179082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1179082