Mandatory International Financial Reporting Standards Support Among Trading Companies in Los Angeles: An Analysis

Walid M Masadah, Ahmed Al-Omush, Fadi Shehab Shiyyab

Abstract


The study quantitatively investigated the factors influencing the support for a mandatory transition to the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) by grouping survey data as critical driving factors (benefits) and critical inhibiting factors (obstacles). A strong correlation was found between the level of support, and the benefits, suggesting that the support for IFRS depends on awareness and perceptions about key benefits- ease of financial reporting, transparency, and costs reduction compared to GAAP. Two key obstacles found are the cost and the complexity of transition. Awareness and perceptions about IFRS differ significantly according to scope of business operation. National only companies (NOCs) are not enthusiastic about the advantages of IFRS compared to National and International Companies (NAICs). This study concludes that the advantages of IFRS surpass the disadvantages signifying a greater support. It shows there is a greater possibility for a U.S. mandatory transition to IFRS comes 2015. Further studies are recommended on the effectiveness of the IFRS Adoption Prediction Model (IAPM) that resulted from this study.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/rbm.v2i1.6581

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