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IFRS and US GAAP, with Website: A Comprehensive Comparison by Steven E. Shamrock

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STANDARD SETTING

Just as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) creates and maintains US GAAP Codification, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) does the same for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS™). Both are overseen by a group of trustees. The FASB reports to the Financial Accounting Foundation. The IASB is accountable in the first instance to the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC). Both have interpretive bodies. The FASB has the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) in addition to many nonauthoritative bodies such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The IASB/IASC have the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC).

Where the standard-setting apparatus diverges is with the role of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with regard to US GAAP. The SEC delegates its day-to-day rule-making authority to the FASB. The SEC also can supersede US GAAP for public companies. Regulations S-X and S-K define the form and content of financial statement reports, as well as disclosures that are not required under the US GAAP Codification.

Since IFRS is not owned by any one country, the IASB is the top-level authoritative body for IFRS standards. In 2008, recognizing the potential shortcomings of not having a rule-making oversight body such as the SEC, the IASC formed the Monitoring Board (MB). The MB’s role is to provide an extra layer of independence from political influence. ...

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