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    • 1. Chapter 24: Full Disclosure in Financial Reporting Intermediate Accounting, 11th ed. Kieso, Weygandt, and Warfield
    • 2.
      • Review the full disclosure principle and describe problems of implementation.
      • Explain the use of notes in financial statement preparation.
      • Describe the disclosure requirements for major segments of a business.
      • Describe the accounting problems associated with interim reporting.
      After studying this chapter, you should be able to: Chapter 24: Full Disclosure in Financial Reporting
    • 3.
      • Identify the major disclosures found in the auditor’s report.
      • Understand management’s responsibilities for financials.
      • Identify issues related to financial forecasts and projections.
      • Describe the profession’s response to fraudulent financial reporting.
      Chapter 24: Full Disclosure in Financial Reporting
    • 4.
      • The full disclosure principle calls for financial reporting of significant facts affecting the judgment of an informed reader.
      • Two problems of implementing:
        • costs of disclosure
        • information overload
      The Full Disclosure Principle
    • 5. Types of Financial Information
    • 6.
      • Reasons for increasing reporting requirements:
      • Complexity of the business environment (derivatives, business combinations, pensions, stock options)
      • Necessity for timely information (interim data, forecasts)
      • Accounting used as a control and monitoring device
      • Financial Reporting Scandals
      Increase in Reporting Requirements
    • 7.
      • Notes amplify or explain items presented in the body of the financial statements.
      • A statement that identifies the accounting policies of the entity must be disclosed ( Summary of Significant Accounting Policies ).
      • Some common notes are:
        • Inventory
        • Deferred taxes
        • PPE
        • Contingencies and commitments
        • Changes in accounting policies
      Notes to the Financial Statements
    • 8.
      • (Transactions not carried out at
      • arm’s-length)
      • Required disclosures:
      • The nature of the relationship
      • A description of the transactions
      • The dollar amounts of transactions
      • Amounts due from or due to related parties at the balance sheet date
      Disclosure of Related Party Transactions
    • 9.
      • Notes to the financial statements must explain any significant financial events that occurred after the balance sheet date, but before the issuance of the financial statements.
      Post-Balance Sheet Events (Subsequent Events) Financial statement period Post-balance sheet events Balance sheet date Issue date
    • 10.
      • Events that provide additional evidence about conditions that existed at the balance sheet date and therefore require F/S adjustments .
      • e.g. Litigation, bad debt expense, warranty expense
      Two types of post-balance sheet events require action
    • 11.
      • 2. Events that arose subsequent to the balance sheet date:
        • No F/S Adjustments
        • Note Disclosure Required
      • e.g. Sale of stocks or bonds, business combination, loss on note receivable created after balance sheet date
      Two types of post-balance sheet events require action
    • 12.
      • Investors need information regarding income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.
      • Investors also need information about segments to assess profitability .
      • Segmented information could harm reporting firms (disclosure of data useful to competitors).
      Reporting by Conglomerates
    • 13.
      • Provide information about:
        • different types of business activities
        • different economic environments in which the entities operate.
      Objectives of Segment Reporting
    • 14.
      • An operating segment is a component that:
      • engages in business activities that earn revenues & incur expenses,
      • is reviewed by the company’s chief operating officer; and
      • produces discrete financial information from the internal financial reporting system.
      Identifying Operating Segments
    • 15.
      • An operating segment is identified as a reportable segment if it satisfies one or more of the following criteria :
      • revenue criterion
      • profit or loss criterion
      • identifiable assets criterion
      Reportable Segments
    • 16.
      • Segment revenue
      • Segment profit or loss
      • Identifiable assets
      • External & internal revenue ≥ 10 percent of the combined revenue of all operating segments
      • ≥ 10 percent in absolute amount of the greater of : the combined profit of all operating segments not showing a loss, or the combined loss of all operating segments reporting a loss
      • ≥ 10 percent of the combined assets of all operating segments
      Criterion Thresholds Reportable Segments
    • 17.
      • Segment Disclosure Sufficiency:
        • Disclosed segment results must be ≥ 75% of the combined external revenues for entire company
      • Prevent Information Overload:
        • FASB established an upper limit of ten disclosed segments
      Additional Segment Guidelines
    • 18.
      • General information about its operating segments
      • Segment profit and loss information
      • Segment assets
      • Reconciliation of segment revenues, profits and losses, and segment assets to totals for the entire company
      • Information about products and services
      • Information about geographical areas
      • Major customers
      Required Segmented Disclosures
    • 19.
      • Integral View- Interim report is an integral part of the annual report.
      • Discrete View- Each interim report is treated as a separate accounting period.
        • Report accounting transactions as they occur (like in the annual report)
      • Companies often use integral approach for some expenses & discrete approach for others
      Two Interim Reporting Approaches
    • 20.
      • Integral View- Interim report is an integral part of the annual report ( FASB preferred ).
        • Integral view can make Interim F/S data more useful when a company has a seasonal business (e.g. Christmas tree grower).
        • Fixed expenses are assigned to parts of a year on the basis of sales volume or some other activity.
        • Projection of annual results by multiplying a given quarter’s results by four can be misleading for seasonal companies without integral view adjustments.
      Interim Reporting: Integral View
    • 21.
      • Discrete View- Each interim report is treated as a separate accounting period.
        • Report accounting transactions as they occur (like in the annual report).
        • Fixed expenses are treated as period costs and expensed as incurred.
      Interim Reporting: Discrete View
    • 22.
      • Companies should use the same inventory methods as used in the annual report. Exceptions:
        • May use Gross Profit Method to estimate EI for Interim Reporting
        • When LIFO inventory is liquidated but is expected to be replaced by year end, COGS is based on expected replacement cost
        • Should not defer inventory market declines beyond the interim period unless no loss is expected for the fiscal year
      Interim Reporting Inventory Requirements
    • 23.
      • Expenses subject to year-end adjustments such as bad debts and pension costs should be allocated to interim periods
      • Income taxes are progressive but should be estimated using estimated annual effective rate
      • Extraordinary items should be recognized as incurred— no allocation to other periods.
      • Cumulative Effect of change in accounting principle should be reported only in the first quarter regardless of when adopted
      • Earnings per share should be computed as a stand-alone period
      Problems of Interim Reporting
    • 24.
      • whether the financial statements are in conformity with U.S. GAAP
      • circumstances in which U.S. GAAP have not been consistently applied
      • whether disclosures in financial statements are deemed adequate
      • an opinion on the financial statements, if possible
      • an opinion on the effectiveness of internal controls
      Auditor’s Reports Must Include
    • 25.
      • Unqualified Opinion (clean opinion)
      • May contain explanatory paragraph for:
          • Material uncertainty such as a contingent loss that is probable but not estimable
          • Lack of Consistency due to Change in Accounting Principle
          • Emphasis of a Matter such as related party transactions
      Auditor’s Opinion
    • 26.
      • Qualified Opinion contains Exceptions that are not large enough to warrant an Adverse opinion
      • The financial statements present fairly, except for , …
        • Scope of auditor’s examination is limited
        • Statements not fairly presented because:
          • Lack of GAAP conformity
          • Inadequate disclosure
      Auditor’s Opinion
    • 27.
      • Adverse Opinion : Exceptions are too material to justify a Qualified opinion.
      • The financial statements taken as a whole are Not presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
      • Adverse opinions are rare.
      Auditor’s Opinion
    • 28.
      • Disclaimer of an Opinion : Auditor has insufficient information to render an opinion on the financial statements.
      • Must expressly state that no opinion can be expressed.
      Auditor’s Opinion
    • 29.
      • Management’s Discussion and Analysis covers three aspects of an enterprise
        • Liquidity
        • Capital resources
        • Results of operations
      • Requires management to highlight:
        • favorable or unfavorable trends
        • significant events and uncertainties that affect the three aspects
      • Increased SEC scrutiny of MD&A
      Management’s Report
    • 30.
      • Investors and Creditors need and want more and better information about corporate expectations .
      • The disclosures take one of two forms:
      • Financial forecast
      • Financial projection
      Financial Forecasts and Projections
    • 31.
      • Financial Forecast of an entity’s expected
      • financial position, results of operations, and
      • cash flows.
        • Forecast is based on assumptions and conditions expected to exist
        • Therefore, a forecast projects financial information that management expects to occur
      Financial Forecasts and Projections
    • 32.
      • Financial Projection is based on hypothetical
      • assumptions that might take place.
        • Projection is based on hypothetical assumptions and conditions that might exist
        • Therefore, a projection provides financial information about what might happen, Not what is expected to happen
      Financial Forecasts and Projections
    • 33.
      • AICPA is concerned about potential liability associated with forward-looking information.
        • SEC (1979) & Congress (1995) provided “ safe harbor ” rules intended to protect companies when forward-looking data is released. However, this has not prevented lawsuits.
      • Accountants must provide a summary of significant assumptions used to prepare the forecast or projection.
      • AICPA provides guidelines for presentation of such information.
      AICPA Position on Financial Forecasts and Projections
    • 34.
      • Corporations can reach more users by the internet
      • Internet reporting can make traditional reports more timely & useful
      • Concern about security on the internet (hackers)
      • Electronic filing through EDGAR is publicly available (
      Internet Financial Reporting
    • 35.
      • Defined as “ intentional or reckless conduct , whether act or omission, that results in materially misleading financial statements .”
        • Could be misapplication of accounting principles or failure to properly disclose material items
        • Enron, Worldcom, HealthSouth, etc.
      Fraudulent Financial Reporting
    • 36.
      • Impacted by internal and external environments
      • Opportunities increase in certain situations:
      • Weak board of directors or audit committee
      • Weak internal controls (SOX 404 should help)
      • Unusual or complex transactions
      • Accounting issues requiring significant subjective judgments
      • Ineffective internal audit function
      Causes of Fraudulent Financial Reporting
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