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Managing the Transition to IFRS-Based Financial Reporting: A Practical Guide to Planning and Implementing a Transition to IFRS or National GAAP by Lisa Weaver

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INTRODUCTION

SCOPE AND KEY THEMES OF THE BOOK

The transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) has been an increasingly significant feature of financial reporting across the globe in the last few years. At the time of writing, more than 120 countries and jurisdictions require or permit the use of IFRS, or financial reporting standards substantially based on, or converged with, IFRS, by some or all of their reporting entities. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the body charged with setting IFRSs, is confident that the use of IFRS, or national accounting standards that are based on IFRS, will grow in the next decade. Hans Hoogervorst, the IASB Chair, stated recently that there is almost universal support for IFRS as the single set of global accounting standards (Hoogervorst, 2013), and organisations including the World Bank, the G20 and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) support the concept of harmonisation of corporate reporting.

Thousands of companies, public sector entities and other organisations have gone through a transition to IFRS-based reporting in the last decade, and many more thousands will do so in the next few years. The huge advantage that relatively late adopters of IFRS-based reporting have is that they can learn from the experience of those that have already gone through the transition. It is fair to say that for reporting entities that were early adopters, there was a significant learning ...

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