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A Comparison of the International Financial Reporting Standards and the United States Accounting Standards

3 day

Regulators and business leaders now recognise the problems. The London-based International Accounting Standards Board has worked closely with the Financial Accounting Standards Board to bring the US Financial Accounting Standards Board FASB and the International Financial Reporting Standards closer together.

Already 100 countries have adopted and implemented IFRS. Israel is adopting IFRS this year, with Chile and South Korea set for 2009, Brazil for 2010, and Canada for 2011. Recently the US standard setters and the US Securities and Exchange Commission encouraged American businesses to follow the same direction.

Course Objectives

Currently there is a huge demand for accountants and consultants who can prove that they have the necessary skills to make the IFRS transition as smooth and trouble-free as possible. Accountants need to equip themselves for the transation. Early planning is essential; many company directors and shareholders are examining what the changeover will mean to them. At one level the shareholders need to be informed on the likely changes, then there are the resource requirements; financial entities need to examine what type of information they will need to collect and may need to devise new systems, particularly documentation when it comes to financial instruments. Our course will cover the focus and framework that the IFRS encourages and in particular highlight those areas where change is likely to be greatest. Topics covered include, liabilities v equity, operational v financial leases, share based payments and consolidation. Our course is very interactive. Delegates will be encouraged to use spreadsheets as well as real example case studies from published accounts. The controversy surrounding the reliability of the accounting standards is also examined.

Course Agenda


  • Principal v Rule based Accounting
  • Derivative Disclosure under FAS 161 & 133
  • IASB equivalent IFRS 7
  • Consolidations and Combinations FAS 141
  • Fair Value Measurement FASB 157
  • Transfer of Financial Assets and other Off-Balance sheet issues

Revenue Recognition

  • Industry Sector
  • Principal inherent in IFRS system
  • Multiple Deliverable Arrangements
  • Customer Loyalty Programmes
  • Incremental Cost Models


  • Control model
  • Identifying the risks and rewards of ownership
  • Dual consolidation decision model
  • Variable interest model
  • Voting control model

Expense Recognition Employee benefits

  • Election to account for actuarial gains/losses
  • Valuation of assets under IFRS v FASB
  • Expected Returns on pension schemes and plan assets
  • Finance costs v Operating Income

Assets non-financial

  • Capitalisaton of costs under IFRS v development costs FASB
  • Last in First Out Inventory methodology
  • Classification of Leases Operational v Financial
  • Sale & Leaseback Accounting

Financial Assets

  • Securitisation - Full/partial balance sheet treatment
  • Investment in unlisted securities - fair value methodology
  • Changes in estimates associated with certain financial assets
  • IAS 39 v FAS 133 on financial instruments

Tax Liabilities

  • • Reconciliation and measurement of uncertain tax positions
  • • Physical location of inventory and its impact on tax expenses
  • • Deferred tax on intragroup profits - buyers’ tax rates v sellers tax rates
  • • Treatment of subsequent changes to previously established deferred taxes


  • Provisions
  • Threshold for establishing provisions
  • Early recognition of expenses under IFRS
  • Restructuring plans

Liabilities and Equity

  • Warrants - net share settlement or dividends
  • Instruments with contingent settlement provisions - liability
  • Balance sheet classification on disbursements
  • Interest v dividends
  • Hybrid instruments

Derivatives and Hedging

  • Effectiveness testing - short-cut method
  • Documentation under IFRS v FASB
  • Net settlement requirements under FASB
  • Derivatives recognised under IFRS but not FASB

Share based Payments

  • Early recognition Share based payments
  • Valuing options
  • Tax expenses
  • Liabilities v Equity

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