In respect of using IAS for company tax purposes, TEI is pleased to submit the following written comments on the Consultation Document, The application of International Accounting Standards
(IAS) in 2005 and the implications for the introduction of a consolidated tax base for companies' EU-wide activities issued in February 2003 ("Consultation Document").
During Murphy's career, most individuals failed to realize the need for international accounting standards
. In this time before international accounting standards
obtained acceptance in the accounting profession, Murphy enthusiastically supported their development and educated others on their benefits and how to overcome their impediments.
The cross-fertilization that's going on is the result of an agreement between the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards
Board (IASB) to make their existing financial reporting standards compatible with each other to better respond to the complexity of the world's markets (See "The Urge to Converge," page 70).
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by the London-based International Accounting Standards
Debate between the London-based International Accounting Standards
Board and insurance trade groups, and between both and the European Commission--the EU's executive body--heated up last year to the point where, early this year, the IASB decided to put off bringing insurance contracts into the fold until it has time to explore more fully the implications of IFRS for insurers.
Two years ago, the International Accounting Standards
Board was a mere benchwarmer in the standards-setting game.
The International Accounting Standards
Committee Foundation (IASCF) is launching a programme to help accountants prepare financial statements under international accounting standards
in the run-up to the 2005 implementation deadline (see "Clarity begins at home, FM February 2002).
On July 9, the International Accounting Standards
Board issued its International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium Entities (IFRS for SMEs).
In a letter to Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards
Board (IASB), the Commission stated that "in the short term, an urgent need for further guidance in the application of fair value' in illiquid markets was identified, notably on the use of the mark-to-market model".
Indeed, the International Accounting Standards
Board (IASB) and over 100 countries around the world that have adopted IASB standards embrace the same view.
The invitation is part of a joint project through which FASB and the International Accounting Standards
Board are working to converge and improve their respective guidance frameworks, which FASB's staff believes do not adequately address either probability or uncertainty related to assets and liabilities.