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Which organization's standards are the most authoritative in the hierarchy of international accounting?

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)


Where is the first place management should look for guidance on international recognition and accounting policies?

The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by the IASB


Which framework helps to develop standards for international accounting?

The IASB Framework

* The framework is NOT a standard itself
* The framework does not supersede any standard's authority


What is the objective of the IFRS framework?

To provide users with information on international accounting.


Which assumptions are followed within the IRFS framework?

Entity is a Going Concern
Entity uses the accrual basis of accounting.


What are the Qualitative Characteristics of accounting information within IFRS?

Relevance & Faithful Representation

Relevance - Makes a difference to the user
Predictive Value - Future Trends
Confirming Value - Past Predictions

Faithful Representation
Completeness - Nothing omitted that would impact the decision-making of a user
Neutrality - Information is presented is without bias
Free from Error - No material errors or omissions


What are the Enhancing Characteristics of IFRS?

Comparability - Allows users to compare different items among various periods
Verifiability - Different people would reach a similar conclusion on the information presented
Timeliness - Information is made available early enough to impact the decision making of users
Understandability - Information is easy to understand


How does comparability differ under GAAP versus IFRS?

Comparative information from prior year is required under IFRS.

GAAP requires that if multiple years are presented they are consistently prepared however it doesn't require prior year comparative statements.


What is the Pervasive Constraint within IFRS?

Cost vs. Benefit


Which items are considered reporting elements under IFRS?



What are the criteria for recognition on IFRS financial statements?

Probable future economic benefit

Can be measured reliably

If the value or outcome cannot be measured reliably IFRS requires the use of the Cost Recovery Method.


When transitioning to IFRS what type of financial statement must be produced for the first reporting period?

A full comparative statement using IFRS.


If IFRS was implemented in June 2012 for use in the December 31 2012 financial statements what is the Date of Transition?

January 1 2011 because a full year of comparative statements is required from the previous year


For Property Plant and Equipment which election is the most efficient method for converting assets to IFRS?

The Fair Value election


Where on the financial statements are adjustments for adopting to IFRS made?

In the entity's retained earnings or equity


How is going concern different under IFRS than from GAAP?

Going Concern is an assumption under IFRS


How are extraordinary items treated under IFRS?

IFRS doesn't allow extraordinary items.


How is the completed contract method used under IFRS?

Completed contract method is not allowed under IFRS.


How is LIFO treated under IFRS?

IFRS does not allow LIFO.


Which financial statements are required under IFRS?

Statement of Comprehensive Income

Statement of Changes in Equity


How is the term income used in IFRS?

Income is used instead of revenue and encompasses BOTH revenue and gains.


How is the term profit used in IFRS?

In IFRS the term profit is used instead of Net Income.


How does IFRS treat gains?

They are treated the same as revenue and are not separated on the financial statements.


How does IFRS treat losses?

In IFRS losses are treated the same as expenses but they ARE separated on the financial statements.


How does refinancing of current liabilities to long-term liabilities under IFRS differ from GAAP?

Under IFRS current liabilities can only be refinanced into a non-current liability if the refinance agreement is EXECUTED prior to the balance sheet date.

GAAP requires only *intent* to refinance not actual execution.


How do contingent liabilities differ between GAAP and IFRS?

Under GAAP there are three classifications of contingent liabilities - Probable Reasonably Possible and Remote.

Under IFRS contingencies are uncertain future events and are classified as a provision if probable and measurable even if uncertain in timing or amount.


How are bonds recorded under IFRS?

Bonds may be recorded on the Statement of Financial Position using one of two methods

Fair Value through profit or loss
*Liability revalued at the end of each period
*Gain or Loss recognized in period

Amortized Cost
*Using Effective Interest Method


How are deferred taxes treated under IFRS?

They use the liability method - all deferred tax liabilities must be reported but only probable deferred tax assets can be reported.

They are non-current on the statement of financial position.


When can deferred tax assets and liabilities be netted under IFRS?

ONLY if they are related to the same country/taxing authority

For example China Deferred Tax Assets can't offset Japan Deferred Tax Liabilities


Which tax rates are used for calculating deferred tax assets/liabilities under IFRS?

The enacted rate or substantially enacted tax rate.

(GAAP is the enacted tax rate only)


Which items are recorded on the Income Statement in IFRS?

Finance Costs
Tax Expense
Discontinued Ops
Non-controlling interest in Profit/Loss
Net profit/loss attributable from equity


How are property plant and equipment (PP&E) recorded and valued under IFRS?

Recorded at cost

Valued using either:

Cost model - asset carried at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment loss

Revaluation model - asset adjusted to fair value less accumulated depreciation


What are the requirements for using the revaluation model for PP&E under IFRS?

Asset must be able to be reliably measured

Must be applied to whole class of assets not just one asset

No guidance on how often assets should be revalued under IFRS


How is investment property reported under IFRS?

Initially recorded at cost

Revalued using either Fair Value model or Cost model


How is profit or loss recorded in the current period for investment property under the Fair Value model of IFRS?

Recorded on the Income Statement

Investment P/L : IS



Under IFRS how is investment property reported under the Cost Model?

Carried at Cost minus Accumulated Depreciation

Fair Value must still be disclosed in the notes to the financial statements


How are leases reported under IFRS?

Operating Leases can be recorded as Investment Property if measured at Fair Value

All other investment property must use Fair Value Model if one asset uses it


How are intangible assets valued under IFRS?

Using either the Cost Model (cost less Accumulated Depreciation and Impairment Loss)


the Revaluation Model (Fair Value less Accumulated Depreciation)


How is internally generated goodwill reported under IFRS?

It is not recognized.


How is amortization of intangibles handled under IFRS?

If asset has a finite life it is amortized over useful life.

If asset has indefinite life it is not amortized but is tested for impairment at the reporting date.


When must a lease be recorded as a Finance Lease under IFRS?

If the substantial risks of ownership have passed to the Lessee then the Lease must be accounted for as a Finance Lease


How are defined benefit plans recorded under IFRS?

Project-unit-credit method calculates the PV of the defined benefit obligation


How are interest expense and/or finance costs classified on an IFRS statement of cash flows?

They can be classified as either Operating or Financing

Once a classification is chosen all future costs must be classified there


How are significant non-cash transactions recorded on an IFRS statement of cash flows?

They must be included in the notes to the financial statements.