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HA3011 - Advanced Financial Accounting

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HA 3011Advanced Financial Accounting Assessment Task Part A (6 Marks) In an article entitled ‘Unwieldy rules useless for investors’ that appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 6 February 2012 (by Agnes King), the following extract appeared. Read the extract and then answer the question that follows. Millions of dollars have been spent adopting international financial reporting standards to help investors make like-for-like comparisons between companies in global capital markets. But CFOs say they are useless and have driven financial disclosures to unmanageable leve...

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HA 3011Advanced Financial Accounting Assessment Task Part A (6 Marks) In an article entitled ‘Unwieldy rules useless for investors’ that appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 6 February 2012 (by Agnes King), the following extract appeared. Read the extract and then answer the question that follows. Millions of dollars have been spent adopting international financial reporting standards to help investors make like-for-like comparisons between companies in global capital markets. But CFOs say they are useless and have driven financial disclosures to unmanageable levels. The criticism comes as the United States, the world’s largest capital market, decides whether to retire its domestic accounting standard (US GAAP) and adopt IFRS. “In seven years I never got one question from fund managers or investment analysts about IFRS adjustments,” former AXA head of finance Geoff Roberts said. “Investors...rely on investor reports and management briefings to understand companies’ numbers.” If analysts did delve into IFRS accounts, they would most probably misinterpret them, according to Wesfarmers finance director Terry Bowen. “Once you get into the notes you have to be technically trained. If you’re not, lot of it could be misleading,” Mr Bowen said. Commonwealth Bank chief financial officer David Craig said IFRS numbers were disregarded by investors because they could actually obscure an institution’s true position. Required: You are required to explain which qualitative characteristics of financial reporting, as per the conceptual framework, do not, in the opinion of the above quoted individuals, appear to be satisfied by current reporting practices pursuant to IFRS. Also, you are required to consider whether the views are consistent with the view that corporate financial reports satisfy the central objective of financial reporting as identified in the Conceptual Framework. Assessment Task Part B (6 Marks) In 2006 the Australian Government established an inquiry into corporate social responsibilities with the aim of deciding whether the Corporations Act should be amended so as to specifically include particular social and environmental responsibilities within the Act. At the completion of the inquiry it was decided that no specific regulations would be added to the legislation, and that instead, ‘market forces’ would be relied upon to encourage companies to do the ‘right thing’ (that is, the view was expressed that if companies did not look after the environment, or did not act in a socially responsible manner, then people would not want to consume the organisations’ products, and people would not want to invest in the organisation, work for them, and so forth. Because companies were aware of such market forces they would do the ‘right thing’ even in the absence of legislation). Required: You are required to explain the decision of the government that no specific regulation be introduced from the perspective of: (a)Public Interest Theory (b)Capture Theory (c)Economic Interest Group Theory of regulation Assessment Task Part C (4 Marks) The US Financial Accounting Standards Board does not allow revaluation of non-current assets to fair value, but it does make it compulsory to account for the impairment costs associated with non-current assets as per FASB Statement No. 144 Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets. Required: What implications do you think these rules have for the relevance and representational faithfulness of US corporate financial statements? Assessment Task Part D (4 Marks) Many organisations elect not to measure their property, plant and equipment at fair value, but rather, prefer to use the ‘cost model’. This will provide lower total assets and lower measures, such as net asset backing per share. Required You are required to answer the following questions: (a)What might motivate directors not to revalue the property, plant and equipment? (b)What are some of the effects the decision not to revalue might have on the firm’s financial statements? (c)Would the decision not to revalue adversely affect the wealth of the shareholders?

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As we know that financial reporting’s qualitative characteristics are actually merits which is a positive feature that makes the financial statement’s information more useful and that is more informative from all other aspects for its users. But at the same time, as per the analysis done by experts and representation which is done in proper manner and with full of honesty seems to be qualitative characteristics which is not giving a significant amount of satisfaction by the current reporting practices available in the financial reporting. If we talk about the maximum utilization of the entity of reporting, it can only be done in case of proper usage of reports with extra responsibilities and care which is important in terms of getting maximum output of financial reporting system. 
There are few fundamental qualitative characteristics that needs to be discussed in order to complete the information about qualitative characteristics of financial reporting. Fundamental qualitative characteristics such as relevancy and faithful representation. There are other few enhancing qualitative characters such as verifiability, timeliness, understandability and comparability. These can be very useful in in improving the decision quality at the time of establishing fundamental qualitative characteristics
 

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