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IFRS to US GAAP comparison

Comparison between U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards

Approximately 120 countries currently require or permit the use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Although the United States is not one of those countries, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to explore whether, and if so, when and how to incorporate IFRS into the U.S. financial reporting system.

We have prepared the Comparison between U.S. GAAP and IFRS® Standards (Comparison) to help readers grasp some of the major similarities and differences between IFRS Standards and U.S. GAAP. More emphasis is placed on recognition, measurement, and presentation guidelines, and less emphasis is placed on disclosure requirements. As more fully explained in Section 1, “Introduction,” this Comparison covers only those differences that we believe are most commonly encountered in practice.


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