www.fasb.org) nongovernmental body with the authority to promulgate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and reporting practices. These are published in the form of FASB Statements. Practicing CPAs are required to follow the FASB pronouncements in their accounting and financial reporting functions. The FASB is independent of other companies and professional organizations. The american institute of certified public accountants (AICPA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially recognize the Statements issued by he Financial Accounting Standards Board. The FASB was established in 1973 to succeed the Accounting Principles Board (APB).
seven member self-regulatory board, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that sets accounting rules for certified public accountants. Organized in 1973, its Statements of Financial Accounting Standards are the basis for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
independent board responsible for establishing and interpreting Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). It was formed in 1973 to succeed and continue the activities of the Accounting Principles Board (APB).
independent board responsible for establishing and interpreting generally accepted accounting principles. It was formed in 1973 to succeed and continue the activities of the Accounting Principles Board (APB). FASB standards are officially recognized as authoritive by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. They arise from consulation of a Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC) made up of more than 30 members who are broadly representative of preparers, auditors, and users of financial information, and from recommendations of task forces established by the FASAC, such as the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) and the Derivatives Implementation Group. As this is written, the FASB standards are represented by statements numbered 1 through 154. Summaries of the statements are available on the Internet at www.fasb.org/st. Examples of statements are:
FASB 128 simplifies the standards for computing earnings per share and makes them comparable to international EPS standards. It replaces the presentation of primary EPS with a presentation of basic EPS. It also requires dual presentation of basic and diluted EPS on the face of the income statement for all entities with complex capital structures and requires a reconciliation of the numerator and denominator of the basic EPS computation to the numerator and denominator of the diluted EPS computation.
group that, with the exception of the government, establishes the standards for all financial accounting and reporting for the various entities in the United States. The standards enable comparability and consistency for financial statements among companies. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires that all SEC registrants adhere to the FASB Standards when reporting financial information. The SEC also requires that members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) adhere to the FASB requirements when reporting financial data. The FASB is under the control of the Financial Accounting Foundation that provides it with financial support. The accounting firms, corporations, and others who utilize the information lend the financial support. An appointed advisory task force of outside experts representing the various views of auditors, preparers, and users review projects. With the help of the FASB staff, the task force issues a statement concerning the actual standards by which to abide, their effective date, research leading to the conclusions, and the logic upon which the conclusions are based.