Heads Up newsletter on SEC IFRS concept release

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18 Aug 2007

We have posted the 17 August 2007 Edition of the Heads Up Newsletter published by Deloitte & Touche LLP (United States).

This issue of Heads Up, titled The Shift Toward IFRSs and Its Impact on US Companies, summarises the SEC's new concept release soliciting input on whether US issuers should be permitted to prepare their financial statements using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). It also discusses some items companies should consider in determining whether they should use IFRSs. An excerpt from the newsletter:

The movement toward IFRSs offers US companies, particularly those that operate globally, several potential opportunities, including the following:

  • Standardisation of Accounting and Financial Reporting Policies – A consistent set of accounting policies and financial statements in each country where local reporting is required improves the comparability of financial information and tax planning.
  • Centralisation of Processes – By moving toward company-wide IFRS use, a company could reduce reliance on local accounting resources for statutory reporting purposes, develop standardised training programs, and eliminate divergent accounting systems.
  • Improved Controls – Standardisation of the reporting would allow companies to assign one worldwide owner for statutory reporting, giving them better control over the quality and issuance of financial statements in other locations.
  • Better Cash Management – Dividends that can be paid from subsidiaries may be based on local financial statements. Allowing use of a consistent standard across countries can help improve cash flow planning.

Click to view the 17 August 2007 Edition of the Heads Up Newsletter (PDF 127k).

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