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James M. Wahlen + 2 others
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A company has included in its consolidated financial statements this year a subsidiary acquired several years ago that was appropriately excluded from consolidation last year. This results in:

  1. a. an accounting change that should be reported prospectively
  2. b. an accounting change that should be reported by retrospectively restating the financial statements of all prior periods presented
  3. c. neither an accounting change nor a correction of an error
  4. d. a correction of an error

To determine

Find the correct option, the option that indicates the correct method of reporting the given type of accounting change.

Explanation

Accounting changes: When a company requires to sacrifice the consistent accounting methods and procedures, to enhance the usefulness and relevance of the accounting information, those changes are referred to as accounting changes. Such inevitable accounting changes decrease the comparability and consistency of accounting information. The reasons for accounting changes could be new methods introduced by FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board), changes in accounting principles, and changes in accounting estimates. The following are the three types of accounting changes:

  • Change in an accounting principle
  • Change in an accounting estimate
  • Change in a reporting entity

Methods of reporting accounting changes:

  • Retrospective adjustment method: This method requires that the previously reported financial statements should be revised to reflect the current accounting change. The change in a reporting entity and change in accounting principle are accounted for retrospectively.
  • Prospective method: This method requires that the current financial statements should be accounted for the changes, and the previously reported financial statements need not be revised...

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