• SEC Chief Accountant Suggests a Mysterious Plan D for IFRS

    By | December 5, 2014

    In remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, SEC Chief Accountant Jim Schnurr floated a fourth, mysterious alternative to use of IFRS in the U.S.

    FEI reports:

    Schnurr described three possible alternative actions with respect to the use of IFRS by U.S. public companies that have been considered in that past:

    1. “Turning the keys over to the IASB” (the International Accounting Standards Board),
    2. Providing registrants the option to file IFRS financial statements, and
    3. The “condorsement” approach suggested by his predecessor, Paul Beswick, (i.e., in which FASB would endorse new IFRS standards and incorporate them into U.S. GAAP).

    “I’m hoping that in the not too distant future I could go public with another possible alternative,” said Schnurr, that “we would like to get feedback on.”

    About that fourth alternative… we have no idea what it is.

    Thomson Reuters elaborates on the big reveal, which could be weeks or months ahead:

    The plan’s details are weeks, if not months away, from being made public, but at this stage they don’t appear to include a provision that would let all U.S. companies have the option to replace U.S. GAAP reporting with IFRS. Judging from the statements SEC Chief Accountant James Schnurr made during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event in Washington on December 3, 2014, the options under consideration have expanded beyond the handful of approaches previously discussed.

    “I have spent a fair amount of time over the last eight weeks with my staff looking at this,” Schnurr said. “I am in the process of having dialogues with Chair [Mary Jo] White and some of the other commissioners. I am hoping that in the not too distant future to go public with another possible alternative we would like to get feedback on. All I can say is stay tuned.”

    Shall we speculate wildly as to what fourth alternative Schnurr has up his sleeve? Here's a suggestion: let's do financial statements in GAAP but footnotes in IFRS, wouldn't that be a blast?

    So, mark your calendars for the third of never. I don't know about you but I can't wait to hear what IFRS surprise the SEC is cooking up this time.

    • B4Senior

      Maybe, in typical US fashion, we will try to convert the rest of the world to replace IFRS with US GAAP. Because, ‘Murica!

      • Guest

        Well, it is the typical World fashion, convert USA to be like everyone else. And if the World fashion is so great, then why does the World choose USA for ………….

    • OCBOA or Bust

      Option #4 – screw IFRS, everyone goes cash basis. As a bonus, audit firm failure rates might drop below 25%.

    • Guest

      I’m told that Plan D is for US GAAP F/S with a reconciliation to IFRS in the footnotes along with adding the additional footnotes required by IFRS that aren’t required by US GAAP in that reconciliation footnote.

      • Name

        I find this surprising as they removed the requirement for foreign filers using IFRS to reconcile to USGAAP. Also, they have been pushing for less, but better, disclosure. This seems like a complete step backwards.

    • Johnny Wadd

      Does Jim Schnurr still have that porn ‘stache?

    • What?

      Globally comparable financial statements are so overrated, considering the amount of international investors is shrinking annually. A++

      Strange comment from someone so supportive of XBRL.

    • I hope this mysterious plan does some good.