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Gaap Vs. Ifrs Treatment Of Leases And The Impact On Financial Ratios

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  • Peter Harris
  • William Stahlin
  • Liz Washington Arnold
  • Katherine Kinkela

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As of January 1, 2011, most of the world financial market economies are using International Reporting Standards (IFRS) as the required framework for financial statements. A non-comprehensive listing includes the European Union Countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In the United States, US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is still required but adoption of IFRS has support of many accounting firms and professional organizations and is under consideration by the SEC. This case study focuses on differences in the treatment of leases and the impact of these differences on financial statements and selected financial ratios. Students take GAAP financial statements and prepare an IFRS based balance sheet and income statement. It is necessary to understand both GAAP and IFRS rules regarding leases to address this case study. This case study is suitable for use at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It may be used in an Intermediate Accounting II, Accounting Theory, Financial Statement Analysis or an International Accounting class, as well as an Investment Finance course. The case can be offered as an individual case study or as a group project.

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  • Peter Harris & William Stahlin & Liz Washington Arnold & Katherine Kinkela, 2013. "Gaap Vs. Ifrs Treatment Of Leases And The Impact On Financial Ratios," Review of Business and Finance Studies, The Institute for Business and Finance Research, vol. 4(2), pages 97-106.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibf:rbfstu:v:4:y:2013:i:2:p:97-106
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    Keywords

    US GAAP; IFRS; Capital Lease; Operating Lease; Financing Lease; Ratios.;

    JEL classification:

    • M4 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • M42 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Auditing
    • M48 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • M49 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Other

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