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SEC issues final rule on IFRS reconciliation

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28 Dec 2007

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued its final rule on Acceptance from Foreign Private Issuers of Financial Statements Prepared in Accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards without Reconciliation to US GAAP.

The rule includes amendments to Form 20-F, conforming changes to Regulation S-X, and conforming amendments to other regulations, forms, and rules under US securities laws. The rule notes that the SEC continues to require the reconciliation for a foreign private issuer that files its financial statements with the Commission using a basis of accounting other than IFRS as issued by the IASB, with one exception. The exception relates to foreign private issuers that use the version of IFRSs that includes the European Commission's 'carve-out' for IAS 39. Such issuers will be allowed to use that version in preparing their financial statements for a two-year period as long as a reconciliation to the IASB's version of IFRSs is provided. After the two-year period, those issuers will either have to use the IASB's version of IFRSs or provide a reconciliation to US GAAP. The new rule is effective 4 March 2008. Click to download SEC's Final Rule Release (PDF 690k).

 

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