In 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a roadmap to issuing new rules that would require US domestic listed companies to adopt International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by as early as 2014. Last year, the SEC suggested a slight variation on the path that could lead to US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) continuing for the foreseeable future and only gradually, over time, changing in the direction of IFRS. Given the situation, accounting educators who teach financial accounting courses face a major challenge in determining whether, and how, to integrate IFRS content into their courses. This paper offers a project that instructors teaching the first intermediate accounting course can use to give students exposure to IFRS and some of the major differences with US GAAP.

This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Kennard Brackney, Appalachian State University

Read Peyton, Inc: An IFRS Project for the First Intermediate Accounting Course.