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FASB’s Statement No. 123(R) Deemed Necessary

Using input from investors and various financial statement users, a Post-Implementation Review (“PIR”) team recently shared conclusions from its assessment of Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 123(R), Share-Based Payment. Based on its review, the PIR team concluded not only does the standard meets its purpose and offers useful information, but Statement No. 123(R) also: tackled concerns that companies were not acknowledging the cost of employee services obtained in return for share-based payment awards; improved comparability and streamlined accounting for share-based payment transactions by removing alternative accounting methods that were previously allowed; and united accounting methods for share-based payment transactions. Read More.

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European Commission Wants Feedback on IFRS

Available to interested groups or individuals, a public consultation on international financial reporting standards’ (IFRS) effect within the European Union (“EU”) has been released by the European Commission (“the Commission”). Hoping to receive input from capital market participants and companies that apply IFRS, the Commission wants to know if the international standards have improved efficiency by simplifying financial statements. Also, the Commission wants feedback on the provisions in which future IFRS should meet to become EU law, and the costs and benefits that are usually related to the standards. With comments by October 31st, the European Commission plans to present. Read More.

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Lawmakers Want SEC to Take Cautious Approach to IFRS

Concerned that U.S. adoption of IFRS would do more harm than good for investors, members of the Congressional Caucus on CPAs and Accountants recently expressed their sentiments to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Mary Jo White. In a letter to the SEC Chair, the lawmakers asked White to be cautious in the agency’s convergence projects with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), as well as incorporate public comment before making a decision. In response to the lawmakers’ letter, a spokeswoman for the SEC declined to comment. Since becoming SEC Chair last year, White. Read More.

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FASB’s Going Concern Amendment to Affect PCAOB Standards

In the coming weeks, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to release an amendment that requires struggling companies to inform investors regarding their chances of surviving. Entitled proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-300, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205)—Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Going Concern Presumption, the update is in response to investors and regulators who believed auditors issued going concern reviews of companies after the stock price mirrored the market’s knowledge of their pending demise. Per the FASB’s final update to U.S. GAAP, a company will be required to add in its financial statement footnotes when “substantial. Read More.

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IASB Vice Chair Denounces FASB’s Separate Agenda

After working with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) for 12 years on merging U.S. GAAP and International Financing Accounting Standards (IFRS), the International Accounting Standards Board’s (“IASB”) Ian Mackintosh recently criticized the FASB for its decision to stray from their original course of action. Speaking at the IFRS Foundation Conference on June 23rd, the IASB Vice Chair acknowledged the successes of IFRS adoption in over 100 nations, but condemned the FASB for diverging from the goal of creating a single set of global standards. In his speech, Mackintosh called out FASB Vice Chair James Kroeker for comments perceived as. Read More.

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Christopher Cox Responds to IFRS Comments

Showing longstanding support for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), a change in stance seemed highly unlikely by Christopher Cox. However, after criticizing the potential U.S. adoption of IFRS during a conference speech earlier this month , the former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair has received backlash from attendees and others who viewed the remarks as contradictory to his years as the agency’s leader. Cox recently addressed the outcry by saying his IFRS views haven’t changed, but rather the current state of financial reporting. In a phone interview last week with Accounting & Compliance Alert, Cox iterated that global standards are a good idea, but the policies in place have to adjust. Read More.

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