IFAC Welcomes New SME Reporting Standard as Important Step in Enhancing SME Financial Statements

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    IFAC Welcomes New SME Reporting Standard as Important Step in Enhancing SME Financial Statements

    The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and its Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee welcome the release of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs) by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). IFAC encourages its 157 member organizations to carefully consider how to use the standard in their respective jurisdictions.The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and its Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee welcome the release of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs) by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). IFAC encourages its 157 member organizations to carefully consider how to use the standard in their respective jurisdictions.

    "This global accounting standard represents a very significant step on the path to global convergence of financial reporting practices by SMEs. It will contribute to enhancing the quality and comparability of SME financial statements around the world and assist SMEs in gaining access to finance," remarks IFAC Chief Executive Ian Ball, adding, "The beneficiaries will be not only SMEs, but also their customers, clients, and all other users of SME financial statements."

    IFAC, largely through its SMP Committee, has been closely following and supporting this project since its inception. It has provided input to the IASB to assist it in reaching a solution that will contribute to the quality of SME financial reporting without placing costly and unnecessary compliance burdens on SMEs.

    Sylvie Voghel, chair of the IFAC SMP Committee, points out, "This standard is a significant development; however, its issuance is not the end of the story, but rather the opening chapter. Consistent and effective implementation will demand a concerted international effort to mobilize the necessary support for companies and preparers. The development of free training materials by the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation is a very positive step in this direction."  

    Ms. Voghel adds, "The IASB will also need to monitor the implementation of the IFRS for SMEs and be prepared to revise and update it. Such flexibility is key to ensuring its continued relevance and usability."

    IFAC is currently considering the role it can play together with its member bodies to facilitate implementation of the new standard.

    About IFAC
    IFAC (www.ifac.org) is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

     

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