The Accounting Standards Board ( Iasb ) And The International Accounting Standard For Insurance Contracts

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Since 2007, both the Financial Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been collaborating on a unified project pertaining to the creation of a new accounting standard for insurance contracts. Currently, no international accounting standard exists under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as they tend to follow the guidance of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). However, the standards proposed by both boards differ slightly. In June 2013, the FASB issued an Exposure Draft, Proposed Accounting Standards Update: Insurance Contracts (Topic 834) that strayed slightly from the IASB’s Exposure Draft Insurance Contracts also issued in June 2013. Initially, the FASB introduced a model with a scope including not only insurance entities but also noninsurance entities that issued insurance contracts. Nevertheless, the FASB’s goals in the alternation of insurance accounting have diverged further from its initial convergence efforts with the IASB after the FASB voted in a board meeting on February 19, 2014, to narrow the focus of the insurance contracts project to pertaining solely to insurance entities, which is the same scope as current U.S. GAAP. The FASB was pressured by insurance entities, professional accounting organizations, and other financial statement users to reduce the scope of its exposure draft on insurance accounting or to specify which entities would fall under the control of the

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