Last month, a survey released by Big Four Firm Deloitte revealed that U.S. companies require just a tad more preparation and training before International Financial Reporting Standards can be adopted. My guess — as a more-than-casual observer of the profession — is that that finding, which polled chief financial officers and other senior-level financial professionals, probably surprised no one.With convergence of U.S. GAAP with IFRS an inevitability, the profession needs to get proactive, as opposed to its traditional reactive pose, in bracing for the eventual by-product of that union — a single set of global accounting standards.
Because the results of the Deloitte poll were a bit troubling. Case in point: More than 60 percent of companies indicated that they lacked adequate personnel in their U.S. operations with sufficient knowledge of IFRS to address conversion.
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