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PCAOB Told to Plan for Global Standards

PCAOB Told to Plan for Global Standards

by Toby Lucich on October 22, 2007

Members of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s advisory group are split on the question of how hard it would be for the auditing profession to adapt to International Financial Reporting Standards.

In light of a recent Securities and Exchange Commission proposal that U.S. companies should be given the choice between IFRS and U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, some PCAOB advisers worried that such a choice would overly burden accounting professors who are already strapped for resources. They also questioned whether the International Accounting Standards Board’s version of IFRS is of high enough quality to meet U.S. regulators’ and investors’ expectations. The IASB expressed similar worries on Thursday.

The larger accounting firms, however, assured the advisory group that they have been training their staffs on using IFRS. Perhaps surprisingly, a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board spoke in favor of a move to international standards.

PCAOB Told to Plan for Global Standards

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