CFA CFA General IFRS vs US GAAP for CFA Level 1


IFRS vs US GAAP for CFA Level 1

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      Below is some info I have prepared during my preparation for level-1 CFA exam. IFRS and GAAP differences are through out the FSA and for me it was difficult to remember, hence prepared this notes. Make sure you are thorough with the differences before you step into the exam hall.

      Remember in exam that the default standard to follow is IFRS when nothing is mentioned.

      Please Note:
      1. Though care has been taken please note this notes may contain some mistakes and I may have missed out some differences. Request you to please validate once while going through the points. You cannot afford to do silly mistakes in FSA given its weightage in the exam. Each question carries weightage of (1/240 = 0.42% approx)
      2. The notes I prepared is for Dec-2012 exam.

      Please do comment if to add/modify any content and I will do the same.

      Board IASB FASB
      Discontinued operations Shown after continuing operations. Not separated from operations Shown as extraordinary net of tax
      Investment Property Recognized@amortized value Not defined
      Intangible assets Reported@cost or revaluation model Only cost model
      R&D Only development capitalized Both not capitalized
      Opinion on internal controls during Audit N/A Compulsory to comment on Internal controls
      Required financial statements P&L,CF, B/S, Stmt of Equity, Explanatory note of policies
      Asset Resource for which economic benefit to flow Probable flow of economic benefit
      Other comprehensive income Combined with P&L statement or can be separately reported Can be shown in statement of shareholders equity or as in IFRS
      Revenue Recognition For Goods
      – Risk & Reward transferred
      – No control on goods
      – Revenue can be measured
      – Cost can be measured
      – Flow of economic benefit

      For Services
      – Amount of revenue can be measured
      – Flow of economic benefit
      – Stage of completion measured
      – Cost incurred and cost of completion can be measured

      Should be both earned and realizable
      % completion revenue recognition (Long term contracts) (Aggressive method) Reliable: %complete (%complete method)Unreliable: Revenue of %completion can be recognized but not
      profits.Losses: Immediate
      Reliable: %complete (%complete method)
      Unreliable: After completion of contract only (Completed contact method)
      Losses: Immediate
      Revenue recognition for installment sales (Used when future cash flows cannot be reasonably estimated) Present Value recognized. Other amount recognized as profit
      Certain: Recognized @ timeofsale Reasonably certain: installment method used. Profit=
      (cashcollected)*(total expected profit% of sales) Highly uncertain: Cost recovery method used. Profit recognized only
      when cash collected exceeds cost incurred
      Certain: Recognized @ timeofsaleReasonably certain: installment method used.
      Profit= (cashcollected)*(total expected profit% of sales)Highly uncertain: Cost
      recovery method used. Profit recognized only when cash collected exceeds cost incurred
      Revenue recognition for barter sales Revenue must be based on fair value of revenue from similar non barter
      transactions with unrelated parties
      Can be recognized at fair value if historically received cash for such goods
      else use carrying value of assets surrendered
      Inventory method FIFO, Weighted Average, Specific Identification LIFO, FIFO, Weighted Average, Specific Identification
      Inventory Reported at low(cost,NRV)
      Reported at low(cost,Market)
      Market=Replacement CostNRV-Net Profit Marging <= Market<=NRV
      As a exception to above both IFRS and GAAP allow inventories of producers and
      dealers of agricultural and forest products, agricultural produce after harvest
      and minerals and mineral products to be carried out at NRV even if it is greater than cost.
      Writing Inventory up allowed (but to written down value only) Not allowed
      Interest & Dividends Paid/Received Can be in CFO or CFF
      Taxes reported as CFO except for the ones reported for CFF/CFI
      CFO only
      Cash Flow statement Direct & Indirect permitted by both. Direct recommended by both but firms prefer
      Direct & Indirect permitted by both. Direct recommended by both but firms prefer
      Long Lived Assets
      Interest For long lived assets Can be capitalized and depreciated along with asset. Here interest
      cost added to asset
      Income earned on borrowed amount Cannot be capitalized No restriction
      Software Expensed until feasibility established. After that only if can be capitalized.
      This is same for s/w generated internally or for others
      Internally: Can be capitalized Others: Expensed until feasibility established. After that only if can be capitalized.
      Component depreciation Compulsory (Should be separately depreciated by type) Optional
      Asset revaluation Allowed as long as active market exists Does not allow
      Impairment of PPE and Intangible assets Impaired only if carrying value less than Recoverable amount.Recoverable Amount= MAX(FairValue-SellingCost,Value in use)Loss recognized to b/sTested for annual impairment.Can be written back to the amount of written down and additional profit recognized as “revaluation surplus” If it is bought at cheaper value, then revaluation should not be shown and should only be reflected in equity. Revaluation shown only if written down. Tested for impairment only if events and circumstances indicate that firm may not be able to recover carrying value through future use.Impaired by 2 steps1. Recoverability test: Impaired if Carrying Value > Discounted CF’s2. Loss measurement a. Loss written to b/s b. Recovery not allowed Asset is written down to fair value in B/S and loss to the i/c sheet.Loss= CV- Fair Value
      Investment property If firm owns property for collection of rental or earning capital appreciation,it is treated as investment property.Can use cost model or fair value model. But must use same model for all such properties and model disclosure should be there.Gain should be recognized only if loss is already recognized Does not differentiate between long lived asset and investment property Cost model generally used.
      End of Long Lived Assets
      Gain or Loss from Available for debt securities that result from exchange rate fluctuations are recorded on income statement Not recorded
      Deferred tax and Liabilities Classified as non concurrent Classified as concurrent/non concurrent based on classification of underlying asset or liability
      If DTA/DTL is occurred in past and but criteria of economic benefit is not met Existing DTA/DTL related to item is reversed Valuation allowance is established.
      Goodwill DTA/DTL is not recognized for goodwill arising out of a business combination
      INITIAL Recognition of asset or liability Provides exemption if1. Transaction not a business combination AND2. Affects neither accounting profit or taxable profit Not exempted
      Tax losses and Tax credits DTA/DTL is created DTA/DTL is created
      Bond Issuance costs Initial bond liability reduced by amount of issuance costs (thereby increasing effective interest rate). In effect issuance costs are treated as unamortized discount Capitalized as an asset and allocated to income statement as an expense over term of bond
      Bond Issuance costs When bonds are redeemed prior to maturity, Nothing should be done as already capitalized (included in book value of bond liability) When bonds are redeemed prior to maturity, any remaining unamortized bonds issuance costs must be written off and gain/loss should be declared
      Bond Issuance costs Bond issuance costs are netted against bond proceeds and reported on CF statements as CFF
      Bond Issuance costs Debt is reported at fair value.Gains and Losses when market yields change are reported in income statement
      Finance lease (Lessee perspective) Title to leased asset transferred to lessee at the end of lease- Lessee can purchase leased asset for price that is significantly lower than fair value of asset at some future date- Lease covers major term of assets economic life- PV(Lease payments)=fair value of leased asset- Leased asset is so specialized that only lessee can use without significant modification Title to leased asset transferred to lessee at the end of lease- Lease period is for 75% of asset life time- PV(Lease payments)= more than 90% of fair value
      Distinction b/w Sales type and Direct finance lease IFRS makes no distinction If PV>CV , sales lease If PV=CV, direct finance lease.
      Sales type and Direct finance lease Both in o/p and finance lease firms should disclose payments for the next 5 years separately and cumulative amount of the next 5 years after that.
      Funded status of Defined benefit plan Firms remove unrecognized actuarial gains and losses and unrecognized prior service costs from funded costs. Economic reality may not be painted accurately. Funded status to be reported on B/S. Overfunded reported as Asset and Underfunded as Liability
      Funded status of Defined benefit plan Firms disclose components of benefit obligation, plan assets and pension expense separately. They also disclose the assumptions used to calculate
      To change inventory accounting method from FIFO to LIFO Demonstrate the benefit Explain why you are changing voted up
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      This is particularly useful and looks amazing! However, I’m a little concerned that the post is now 5 years old, would any accountants out there be able to comment on whether there has been changes to IFRS or GAAP which makes some of the information now out of date or incorrect? voted up
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      I hate FRA so much.. I cringe when I see this stuff, ugh

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      Thank You! This post has answered my prayers!

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      Your last row reads “To change inventory accounting method from FIFO to LIFO.” IFRS reads “Demonstrate the benefit”, but isn’t LIFO prohibited in IFRS?

      Maybe the row should read “To Change Inventory Accounting Method” (strike the from/to specifics)? Your call.

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      @BobBarkerPlaysPlinko, I’ll need to check it once from my level-1 notes.

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      Amazing stuff! This is going right on the Level 1 tips post.

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      @Ravivooda – epic post! I’ll slowly read through this to refresh my own memory!

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      Discontinued Operations – Under U.S. GAAP, you report it as “extraordinary net of tax”. I believe it should be reported below Income from continuing operations but above Extraordinary Items

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      I’ve been using this sheet, its extremely helpful not just in remembering what standard goes with what, but is a helpful exercise is running through each of the concepts as well, i.e. IFRS has FIFO while GAAP allows for FIFO or LIFO, means IFRS will usually present lower COGS=higher net income

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      Thank you so much for this @ravivooda

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      Dividends paid are to be recognized under CFF in GAAP


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      Very good

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      Good info, but for lvl 1 but you really don’t need to spend that much time memorize the nuances of what’s different between IFRS and GAAP.

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      @Zee Thank you. Hope it will benefit other members of the forum.

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      @RaviVooda Please review my above comment and update as needed


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