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The Impact Of The Statement Of Gaap For Sme’S In South Africa

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  • PIETER BUYS

    () (School of Accounting Sciences, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

  • DANIE SCHUTTE

    () (School of Accounting Sciences, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Abstract

Even though various support initiatives for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been introduced in recent times, there are also many limiting characteristics of SMEs, such as a lack of 'formality' in terms of accounting procedures. The introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) made it even more difficult for SMEs to adhere to accounting requirements. In 2007 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) proposed less stringent reporting requirements for SMEs with the release of the exposure draft on IFRS for SMEs and South Africa became the first country to formally adopt these reporting requirements as a Statement of GAAP. In this study the impact of these reporting requirements on SMEs are explored, based on the current South African SME’s reporting and disclosure practices. It was found that there is a considerable difference between the contents of the Statement of GAAP for SMEs and current reporting for SMEs.

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  • Pieter Buys & Danie Schutte, 2011. "The Impact Of The Statement Of Gaap For Sme’S In South Africa," JOURNAL STUDIA UNIVERSITATIS BABES-BOLYAI NEGOTIA, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:bbn:journl:2011_2_1_buys
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    Keywords

    Accounting; Accounting Practice; International Financial Reporting Standards; SME Accounting; Small GAAP.;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • M49 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Other
    • P12 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Capitalist Enterprises

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