US GAAP Essentials (3 days)

Course code: 2003

Introduction

A knowledge of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) is vital to those entities that currently are or, plan to be, publicly listed in the US. Subsidiaries of US parent companies also have an important need to understand US GAAP in order to comply with consolidation rules and corporate information requirements.

US GAAP is here to stay for the foreseeable future. While the US FASB and the IASB are committed to working together on joint projects and developing consistent new standards, the US SEC has concluded that full convergence with IFRS is not feasible at this time. Both the US FASB and IASB have a common goal of providing high quality accounting standards in order to provide transparency, consistency, and comparability in financial reporting. US GAAP will therefore continue to have a strong influence on new global GAAP as it is developed. An understanding of US GAAP will help all firms to implement upcoming changes in accounting standards.

This three-day course provides a rigorous review of major technical US GAAP requirements, including pronouncements of:

  • The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

The accounting requirements are presented using illustrative financial statements and examples, with interactive participation from the participants encouraged. In addition to a review of current US GAAP, this program also presents information on likely future pronouncements and the probable impact of their adoption.

This course answers questions such as:

  • What are the current and likely future requirements of US GAAP?
  • How are US GAAP recognition and measurement rules applied?
  • Where can up-to-date information about US GAAP be obtained?
  • When are fair value measurements required?
  • What is the status of the joint IASB-FASB projects?

Topics

  • US Financial Reporting
    • GAAP Codification
  • US GAAP Financial Statements
    • Consolidated financial statement requirements, including variable interest entities
    • Statement of financial position
    • Income statement
    • Discontinued operations
    • Changes in policies, accounting estimates and errors
    • Earnings per share
    • Comprehensive income
    • Cash flow statement
    • Statement of changes in equity
  • Revenue Recognition (Current FASB and SEC Requirements)
    • Recognition criteria
    • Discounting revenue
    • Treatment of multiple performance obligations
    • Service revenues
    • Current revenue issues
  • Inventories
    • Costs
    • Allocation methods
    • Valuation
    • Disclosures
  • Overview of Business Combinations
    • Purchase consideration
    • Contingencies
    • Cost allocations
    • Goodwill
    • Disclosures
  • Equity Investments and Joint Ventures
    • Equity method accounting
    • Joint ventures
    • Equity investments
  • Intangible Assets
    • Identification
    • Recognition and measurement
    • Accounting for research and development
    • Impairment testing of goodwill
  • Long-lived Assets
    • Cost of fixed assets
    • Capitalization of interest
    • Asset retirement obligations
    • Subsequent expenditures
    • Depreciation
    • Assets held for sale
    • Non-monetary transactions
    • Impairment of long-lived assets
    • Lease accounting (capital and operating)
  • Non-financial Liabilities, Contingencies, and Post-balance Sheet Events
    • Definitions
    • Contingency accounting and disclosures
    • Restructuring provisions
    • Subsequent events
  • Employee Benefits
    • Short-term employee benefits
    • Pension cost measurement and presentation
    • Share-based payment
  • Financial Instruments
    • Financial assets (categories and accounting treatments)
    • The Fair Value Option
    • Financial liabilities
  • Future Developments
    • Update on the IASB-FASB convergence projects
    • Current FASB exposure drafts
    • Project agenda
  • Researching US GAAP
    • Sources of information
    • Codification and its impact

Teaching method

  • Live group instruction with interactive participation encouraged
  • Use of financial statements and real-world examples to illustrate practical application of the standards
  • All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials

Prerequisites

Understanding of basic accounting principles based on any national standards. No advance preparation is required for this course.

Course benefits

  • Learn to apply US GAAP financial statement requirements, including accounting policies and disclosures
  • Implement the US GAAP recognition and measurement rules for assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, gains and losses
  • Appreciate the impact of recently-issued standards and upcoming changes
  • Understand the complex rules for revenue recognition, financial instruments and asset impairment
  • Determine compliance with other reporting issues
  • Comply with 'fair value' measurement requirements
  • Increase planning opportunities through awareness of likely future US GAAP changes, including prospects for accounting convergence with IFRS.
  • Gain familiarity with information sources for researching US GAAP topics
  • Analyze US GAAP financial statements to determine financial performance

Who should attend?

This course is primarily designed for those who currently prepare or are planning on preparing their financial statements under US GAAP. It is also suitable for those employed by subsidiaries of US parents companies in order to comply with US consolidation rules. The course is designed for industry controllers, accountants, and auditors and finance professionals who want to solidify their knowledge of US GAAP.

CPE / CPD Accreditation

NASBA

IASeminars is registered with the US National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

ICAEW Partner in Learning

IASeminars is proud to have been named as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working together to offer the ICAEW IFRS Certificate to our clients worldwide. ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 145,000 chartered accountants worldwide. CPE certificates obtained from attending IASeminars courses are an ideal way for ICAEW members and others to demonstrate their continuing professional development, provided that the topic is relevant to their learning and development needs.

New York State Board of Public Accountancy

IASeminars is registered with the New York State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. Our CPE Sponsor ID is: 002546. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of our CPE Program.

Texas State Board of Public Accountancy

IASeminars is registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. Our CPE Sponsor ID is: 009689. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of our CPE Program.

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