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1.0) INTRODUCTION 1.1) Background and Overview
“All families are alike, and all families are different” said Wayne Upton, Director of International Activities for the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). It means that every country have their own accounting standards. There are many accounting standards in the world, with each country using a version of their own generally accepted accounting principles, also known as GAAP. Dissimilar financial reporting and accounting practices make it very difficult for users of accounting and financial reports to consolidate such information and make comparisons of firms that are listed in different countries (Prather-Kinsey, 2006). The complication arises when the firm does business in multiple countries. How can corporations be compared based upon their financials, which one are accurate, and how can investors then deal with multiple standards, which ones are accurate? The answer to these questions lies within the adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS.
IFRS are currently required or accepted in over 100 countries worldwide, and it looks certain that the number of countries to embrace IFRS will continue to rise over the coming years (Daske, Hail, Leuz& Verdi, 2008). It was already noticed that, IFRS issued by the IASB have been extremely doing well in terms of their acceptance and application on a worldwide basis. IFRS is the standards which is being developed and supported by the IASB. IFRS give a meaning as a set of international accounting standards that states how certain transactions and events should be reported in financial statements. Contrast to U.S. GAAP, which is a rules-based accounting standard, IFRS is upon using principles based rather than hard set rules. As a result of this fundamental difference, IFRS allows management to use greater preference and…...

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