A Comprehensive Case Study: US GAAP Conversion to IFRS
15 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2013 Last revised: 20 Mar 2013
Date Written: January 1, 2013
International Reporting Standards (IFRS) has become the required framework for most of the world financial markets effective on January 1, 2011. The United States is in a transformation stage, and it has not yet been determined when the US will adopt IFRS. The introduction of IFRS accounting rules into the curriculum is valuable because it presents an alternative method of accounting which can be used to heighten students understanding of GAAP. At present, the CPA Uniform CPA exam is testing IFRS and its testing content is increasing with each current test. Additionally, the CFA exam tests IFRS exclusively and has eliminated US GAAP from its curriculum, basing its action on the fact that the CFA examination is a global based exam. This case requires students to critically read authoritative accounting literature and apply their understanding in preparing IFRS statements by preparing an IFRS based statements from a US GAAP prepared income statement and balance sheet. This case study can be used at the undergraduate or graduate level. It is most suitable for Intermediate Accounting 2, Accounting Theory, International Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, or an Accounting Capstone classes. Students must have or develop a solid understanding of both US GAAP and IFRS rules is required to adequately address this comprehensive case study.
Keywords: US GAAP, IFRS, LIFO, Fair Market Value Accounting, Asset Impairment, Asset Revaluation
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