IFRS and US GAAP: similarities and differences

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Accounting guide , PwC US

Accounting under both IFRS and US GAAP? Download our updated guide detailing the similarities and differences between the two frameworks.

This guide was fully updated in October 2019.

Our guide provides an understanding of the major differences between IFRS and US GAAP.

To be successful in the US capital markets, it is increasingly important to be financially bilingual – you have to speak both IFRS and US GAAP.

To assist investors and preparers in becoming financially bilingual, this guide provides a broad understanding of the major differences between IFRS and US GAAP.

The 2019 edition includes a new chapter describing the major differences between the new leases standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16 

How to use this publication

This publication is designed to alert companies, investors, and other capital market participants to the major differences between IFRS and US GAAP as they exist today, and to the timing and scope of accounting changes that the standard setting agendas of the IASB and FASB (collectively, the Boards) will bring.

This publication considers authoritative pronouncements and other developments under IFRS and US GAAP through June 30, 2018.

Our point of view

We continue to believe in the long-term vision of a single set of consistently applied, high-quality, globally-accepted accounting standards. However, acceptance of an outright move to international standards is off the table, at least for now. In the meantime, the FASB and IASB should continue to focus on improving the quality of their standards while, if possible, reducing differences between IFRS and US GAAP.

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Downloading the guide onto an iPad
Downloading the guide onto an iPad
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