Is US GAAP converging with IFRS?

Is US GAAP converging with IFRS?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reaffirmed its support for the convergence of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in its “Commission Statement in Support of Convergence and Global Accounting Standards” in February 2010.

Are US GAAP and IFRS the same?

IFRS is a globally adopted method for accounting, while GAAP is exclusively used within the United States. GAAP focuses on research and is rule-based, whereas IFRS looks at the overall patterns and is based on principle. GAAP uses the Last In, First Out (LIFO) method for inventory estimates.

How does US GAAP transition to IFRS?

Converting between US GAAP and IFRS involves a number of steps, including:

  1. Conversion approach.
  2. Accounting policy.
  3. Data gaps.
  4. Conversion adjustments.
  5. GAAP reconciliation.
  6. System and process changes.
  7. Financial reporting.
  8. Conversion audit.

What is convergence with IFRS?

In general terms, convergence means crossing over any barrier between the two, i.e. the IFRS and the Indian AS. Convergence will include an arrangement of the two sets of standards. The trade-off is finished by embracing the policies of the IFRS either completely or in a part.

Why does US not use IFRS?

As the SEC’s purpose is to protect investors in US companies, especially US investors, they have shown some resistance to the adoption of IFRS. The SEC cites IFRS’s lack of consistency and believes IFRS is underdeveloped when it comes to small-scope issues in reporting.

Will the US transition to IFRS?

SEC Chief Accountant: U.S. Won’t Switch to IFRS in the “Foreseeable Future”


GAAP stands for Generally Accepted Financial Practices, and it’s based in the U.S. IFRS is a set of international accounting standards, which state how particular types of transactions and other events should be reported in financial statements.

Will the US ever switch to IFRS?

It is unlikely that US GAAP will become a “single set” in the future, given that the majority of countries around the globe have already adopted IFRS as their reporting framework for public interest entities (such as listed companies, banks, insurance companies, etc.).

Why is GAAP better than IFRS?

IFRS is principles-based, whereas GAAP is rules-based. Essentially, this means that GAAP is far stricter than IFRS, offering specific rules and procedures that leave little room for interpretation. By contrast, IFRS provides general guidelines that companies are encouraged to interpret to the best of their ability.

Will US accept IFRS?

As a result of all of these factors, it appears that full adoption of IFRS by the US is very unlikely, and convergence between GAAP and IFRS, though it is slowly being worked towards, will not be realized for a very long time.