Self-Study
4
Overview
Accounting
There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) represent the future of financial accounting and reporting in the United States. Most of the world already communicates with investors and stakeholders about corporate financial performance in the language of IFRS. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and their U.S. equivalent (the FASB) have made commitments towards the convergence of U.S. GAAP and IFRS and are working to eliminate as many differences between the two standards as possible. The Securities and Exchange Commission has endorsed the outright adoption of IFRS in the United States. This growing acceptance of IFRS as a basis for U.S. financial reporting represents a fundamental change for the U.S. accounting profession.

This course provides an introductory overview of International Financial Reporting Standards, including detailed discussions of the impact that IFRS will have on U.S. businesses. This course also includes comprehensive reviews of the IASB structure and its standard-setting process, the basic framework that serves as the foundation for IFRS, and the differences that exist between U.S. GAAP and IFRS.



Instructor

Michael J. Walker, CPA

Michael J. Walker, CPA, is based in New England and has decades of accounting experience in the financial services, information technology services, and construction industries. He has an extensive technical accounting background that includes hands-on experience with U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). His expertise includes accounting for financial instruments, securitizations, and other banking products. He graduated from Bentley University with a BS in finance and an MS in accountancy.



Course Specifics

Accounting
Oct 11, 2019
There are no prerequisites.
SS1193101
112
None


Compliance Information

103220
IRS Provider #: 0MYXB
IRS Course ID: 0MYXB-T-01440-19-S
IRS Federal Tax Law Credits: 4
CTEC Provider #: 2071
CTEC Course ID: 2071-CE-1341
Qualifies for CA Fraud: No


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Chapter 1
    • Define IFRS
    • Describe the IASB structure and the roles that each governing body serves within the structure
    • Explain the due process followed by the IASB when developing and issuing IFRS
  • Chapter 2
    • Identify financial reports that are within the scope of the IASB Framework
    • Recognize practices that are consistent with the underlying assumptions and qualitative characteristics of financial statements prepared in accordance with the IASB Framework
    • List the general purpose financial statements required under IFRS and describe the characteristics of each statement
    • Properly identify and classify the various elements of IFRS financial statements.
  • Chapter 3
    • Identify and explain various similarities and differences that exist between IFRS and U.S. GAAP
    • Describe specific areas of divergence that exist between the two principles
    • Recognize scenarios that require different accounting treatments under IFRS and U.S. GAAP
  • Chapter 4
    • Explain the objectives of the IASB/FASB convergence project
    • Describe the joint convergence projects currently being conducted and the goals of these various projects
    • Identify accounting practices that are consistent with the new financial statements presentation format (as proposed by the IASB and FASB)
  • Chapter 5
    • List and describe the seven milestones for adopting IFRS in the United States (as discussed in the SEC “Roadmap”)
    • Identify practices that are consistent with the SEC’s timetable for adopting IFRS in the United States
    • Recognize practices that are consistent with the authoritative guidance on preparing a company’s first set of IFRS financial statements (as outlined in IFRS 1)
    • Describe the costs and benefits associated with adopting IFRS


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