Accounting Theory And Current Issues
Required Task: In the body of the assignment, students will have to critically discuss the following issues:
- The relevance of Positive Accounting Theory (PAT) for financial reporting. Use at least twoexamples to illustrate your arguments from the relevant accounting literature.
- Choose one country apart from Australia that has implemented IFRSs for a minimum of 5years, and register the country with your lecturer. No group can choose the same country in the same class.
Compare and contrast the implementation of IFRSs in Australia and the other country of your choice, approved by your Lecturer. For each of the two countries, discuss the following:
i. reasons for the national accounting body adopting IFRSs and when it was adopted;
ii. transitional issues faced (within a year or two), with examples;
iii. what challenges were faced by reporting entities upon adopting IFRSs. (Do not discuss transitional issues here). Include specific examples of accounting standard(s) and discuss the issues that made them challenging/difficult to adopt, to support your arguments;
iv. what were the benefits of adopting IFRSs by reporting entities;
v. the similarities and differences in the adoption of IFRSs faced by Australia and the other country you have chosen. Include what factors had caused the differences you found.
- Based on your findings, do you think the adoption of IFRSs were successful in the two countries? Explain your answer.
- Provide two recommendations to the national accounting setting bodies (incl. AASB) on ways to ensure the IFRSs continue to be relevant to users’ needs and to all sectors of the economy
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