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Wiley IFRS 2014: Interpretation and Application of International Financial Reporting Standards by Brandon Hanekom, Blaise Colyvas, Raymond Chamboko, Edwin Selbst, Tapiwa Njikizana, Danie Coetsee, Bruce Mackenzie

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Chapter 3PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. SCOPE
  3. DEFINITIONS OF TERMS
  4. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
    1. Objective
    2. Purpose of Financial Statements
  5. GENERAL FEATURES
    1. Fair Presentation and Compliance with IFRS
      1. Going concern
      2. Accrual basis of accounting
      3. Materiality and aggregation
      4. Offsetting
      5. Frequency of reporting
      6. Comparative information
      7. Consistency of presentation
  6. STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
    1. Complete Set of Financial Statements
    2. Notes
    3. Statement of compliance with IFRS
    4. Accounting policies
    5. Fairness exception under IAS 1
    6. Reporting comparative amounts for the preceding period
    7. Other disclosures required by IAS 1
  7. FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
  8. ILLUSTRATIVE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
  9. US GAAP COMPARISON

INTRODUCTION

As set forth by the IASB's Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting 2010, the objective of general-purpose financial reporting is to provide financial information about the reporting entity that is useful to existing and potential investors, lenders and other creditors in making decisions about providing resources to the entity. Although financial statements prepared for this purpose meet the needs of these specific users, they do not provide all the information that the users may need to make economic decisions since they largely portray the financial effects of past events and do not necessarily provide nonfinancial information.

In the past, many considered the lack of guidance on the presentation of the financial statements under IFRS to be a significant impediment to the achievement ...

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