SEC Advisory Committee Interim Report on Improvements to Financial Reporting

On February 14, the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting presented its interim report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The report includes 12 developed proposals, conceptual approaches representing the Committee’s initial views on matters, and currently identified matters for further consideration. The key themes of the report are the following: increasing emphasis on the investor perspective in the financial reporting system; consolidating the process of setting and interpreting accounting standards; promoting the design of more uniform and principles-based accounting standards; creating a disciplined framework for the increased use of professional judgment; and taking steps to coordinate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the US with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Formed by the SEC in July 2007, the Committee was tasked to examine the US financial reporting system and to recommend changes to increase the usefulness of financial information to investors, while reducing the financial reporting system’s complexity. The Committee’s final report is some months away. The Committee includes representatives from the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

The interim report is available here.

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