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Aiming for Global Accounting StandardsThe International Accounting Standards Board, 2001–2011$
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Kees Camfferman and Stephen A. Zeff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646319.001.0001

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Concepts and Convergence

Concepts and Convergence

An Ever Closer Relation with the FASB

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(p.333) 12 Concepts and Convergence
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Aiming for Global Accounting Standards
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Kees Camfferman

Stephen A. Zeff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646319.003.0012

Between 2005 and 2008, the IASB’s technical agenda was increasingly dominated by convergence with US GAAP. In order to facilitate the lifting of the 20-F reconciliation, the IASB and the FASB agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2006, outlining a work programme of over a dozen convergence projects. The MoU was updated in 2008. A target or deadline for completion by mid-2011 was agreed, evidently with a view to a decision by the SEC on use of IFRSs by US domestic companies. The chapter reviews the most important convergence projects. To the alarm of some constituents, the work programme led the two boards to a fundamental reconsideration of several basic accounting concepts and practices. During the period, the IASB also completed a version of its standards designed for small and medium-sized entities (SMEs).

Keywords:   convergence, business combinations, Revenue recognition, provisions, fair value, conceptual framework, IFRS for SMEs, financial statement presentation, financial instruments, IFRIC

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