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Financial Accounting Standards Board

In the United States, a non-governmental body the SEC has charged with establishing and maintaining generally accepted standards for professional accountants. Founded in 1973, the FASB has published a variety of rules and clarifications on how accounting ought to be done in the United States. It is important to note that the FASB does not govern accounting ethics; rather, its purpose to govern the fundamentals of how accounting is conducted. For example, it has published guidelines on how to report a company's cash flows. The Financial Accounting Foundation oversees the FASB.


Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is an independent, self-regulatory board that establishes and interprets generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

It operates under the principle that the economy and the financial services industry work smoothly when credible, concise, and clear financial information is available.

FASB periodically revises its rules to make sure corporations are following its principles. The corporations are supposed to fully account for different kinds of income, avoid shifting income from one period to another, and properly categorize their income.

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FIN 48 "Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes--an Interpretation of FASB Statement No.
In developing high-quality accounting standards, standard setters may opt for either FASB or IASB guidance.
As to whether the deduction should be accounted for as a special deduction or tax rate reduction, the paper concludes that the former treatment is more appropriate, "because the domestic manufacturing deduction is based on the future performance of specific activities" and, thus, is similar to the special deductions illustrated in FASB Statement No.
Copies of Statement 123(R) are available by calling the FASB Order Department at 800/748-0659 or by placing an order online.
FASB also is working with the EITF, AICPA and SEC to more clearly define their roles in selling accounting standards, including streamlining certain activities and modernizing financial reporting and disclosure.
Accordingly, FASB has undertaken major initiatives to integrate and codify the massive volume of all current non-governmental accounting pronouncements into a single source, stem the proliferation of accounting pronouncements emanating from multiple sources, and develop standards in a more principles-based manner.
During recent meetings, the FASB determined that options on parent-company stock awarded to employees of a subsidiary would be treated as employer options subject to APB 25 on the consolidated financial statements, but as nonemployer options on the separate financial statements of the subsidiary.
Through this ITC, the Board wants to ascertain whether and how valuation guidance can be improved to enhance the quality of financial information presented to investors and other users of financial statements," said Paul Beswick, FASB project manager.
The IASB and FASB also published EDs proposing that noncontrolling interests be classified as equity within the consolidated financial statements and that acquisitions of noncontrolling interests be accounted for as equity transactions (www.