After completing this chapter, you should understand:
This chapter provides the researcher with a comprehensive five-step research process as introduced in Chapter 1 for financial accounting research. It focuses primarily on the FASB's Accounting Standards and the new online FASB Accounting Standards Codification™ Research System (the Codification). The chapter also includes a discussion on SEC accounting pronouncements. Finally, two examples of simulations for the Financial Accounting and Reporting section of the CPA exam are included in the appendix.
Due to the recent increase in accounting and auditing pronouncements and the increase in financial reporting in general, more and more organizations use an electronic database to gain rapid access to key accounting authorities for decision-making. Research skills are increasingly needed on the part of the future accounting professional.
Professional accounting research is challenging because of the volume of accounting rules, ...