The Effect of Auditor Industry Specialization and Board Independence on the Cash Flow Reporting Classification Choices under IFRS
37 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2020
Date Written: May 21, 2020
This study explores the relationship between audit partner and firm industry specialization and board of director independence on the one hand and the decision by Taiwanese firms to take advantage of IFRS flexibility concerning reporting interest income and expense, and dividends received in the operating cash flow section of the statement of cash flows on the other. A sample of 1,227 Taiwanese firms were drawn for fiscal year 2013, the year that Taiwan switched from using its GAAP to using IFRS principles. Of these, 354 changed their cash flow reporting classifications. We examine the interaction effect of board independence and auditor industry specialization at both partner-level and firm-level on the cash flow reporting classification choices under IFRS. The results show there is a substitute relationship between board independence and partner-level industry specialization on the change in cash flow reporting classification, but a complementary relationship between board independence and firm-level auditor specialization. Further, both partner-level and firm-level auditor industry specialization have a complementary relationship with board independence in not changing a firm’s interest expense paid reported in operating activities to financing activities.
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