International Accounting Convergence: A Writing Assignment
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International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), accounting convergence, accounting writing case, comment letters
There is an ongoing discussion in the United States related to whether or not the United States should adopt International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released four proposals relating to the potential adoption of IFRS in the past five years. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has responded to these SEC releases with comment letters. We share our experience with a writing assignment based on these comment letters. The assignment requires students to research the FASB’s website as well as the FASB’s comment letters responding to SEC releases relating to IFRS. Students then evaluate the benefits and costs of IFRS adoption in the United States. The goals of the assignment are to introduce students to the history of accounting convergence and to allow students to critically assess the benefits and costs of U.S. adoption of IFRS. The assignment is suitable for international, intermediate, and advanced accounting courses.
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