Accounting Research Bulletins


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Accounting Research Bulletins

Recommendations by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on how accountants ought to treat certain facts or items. While Accounting Research Bulletins are not authoritative in themselves, the SEC often makes them so by adopting them.
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6--Status of Accounting Research Bulletins" (1965), Journal of Accountancy, Vol.
Previously, the CAP had dealt with the tax effect of a timing difference between reporting accelerated depreciation for income tax purposes and recording straight-line depreciation expense for financial reporting purposes (Accounting Research Bulletin [ARB] No.
Committee on Accounting Procedure (1944), "Accounting for Income Taxes," Accounting Research Bulletin No.
(1947), "Current Assets and Current Liabilities--Working Capital," Accounting Research Bulletin No.
Possibly the first step could be the determination of the basic principles or postulates upon which accounting procedures are based, as a framework of reference for the solution of detailed problems; next might come the preparation of a fairly broad set of coordinated but not detailed principles, similar to the statements of the American Accounting Association; and finally could follow a consideration of more detailed matters, such as those covered by the present accounting research bulletins, but in relation to the basic broad principles....
The second type would be "Authoritative statements of generally accepted accounting principles, similar in standing to the present accounting research bulletins, and based upon studies made by the research group, [which] would be issued by a special 'Board' set up for that purpose." These statements were to be "based principally upon the publications of the research group." Indeed, the committee agreed that "An immediate project would be the preparation of a statement of basic postulates and standards on which all other pronouncements would be based."
The consideration, then, of detailed matters, such as those covered by the present accounting research bulletins, should be undertaken in relation to the postulates and broad principles previously expressed.

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