Wiley GAAP 2010: Interpretation and Application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 12, 2009 - Business & Economics - 1392 pages
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The most practical, authoritative guide to GAAP

Beginning July 1, 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB's) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) has superseded virtually all promulgated GAAP, replacing what had previously comprised four levels in the GAAP hierarchy with a single set of codified GAAP. The objective was to create a new, clearer indexing system that is much easier to access and use to research solutions to real-world financial reporting problems. Although the Codification does not itself change U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), it has comprehensively reorganized the myriad of GAAP rules (FASB statements, AICPA statements of position, EITF consensuses, guidance from Audit and Accounting Guides, FASB staff positions, etc.) into a single, easy-to-use compendium conveniently organized by topic or subject.

Wiley GAAP 2010 contains, as did its predecessor editions, complete coverage of all levels of GAAP, now indexed to the new ASC. Wiley GAAP renders GAAP more understandable and accessible for research, and has been designed to reduce the amount of time and effort needed to solve accounting research issues. As it has since its inception in 1985, Wiley GAAP provides interpretive guidance and a wealth of real-world, content-rich examples and illustrations to provide the type of insight into the application of complex financial reporting rules that traditional handbooks and their "plain vanilla" illustrations simply cannot offer.

Wiley GAAP 2010 is your one necessary authoritative guide to GAAP under the new codification system. This invaluable resource makes learning the new ASC system a breeze, with at-your-fingertips information that does the work for you. Practicable and reliable, Wiley GAAP 2010 is the essential tool to navigate these yet uncharted waters.


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Researching GAAP Problems
Perspective and Issues
on the statement of financial position Investors main concern was the shortrun maximiza
Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
Statement of Cash Flows
Accounting Policies Changes and Restatements
Fair Value
Business Combinations and Consolidated Financial Statements
Current Liabilities and Contingencies
LongTerm Liabilities
Income Taxes
Pensions and Other Postretirement Benefits
Stockholders Equity
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Cash Receivables and Prepaid Expenses
ShortTerm Investments and Financial Instruments
Revenue RecognitionEvolving Principles and Specialized
What Is GAAP?
LongLived Assets
LongTerm Investments
Personal Financial Statements
Specialized Industry GAAP
Disclosure Checklist
International vs US Accounting Standards

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About the author (2009)

Barry J. Epstein, PhD, CPA, is a partner with Chicago-based Russell Novak & Company, LLP, where he specializes in technical consultation on accounting and auditing matters and corporate governance, and maintains a national practice as a consulting and testifying expert for commercial and other litigation matters, including accountants' malpractice, contractual dispute resolution, damages modeling, and white-collar criminal defense. He has previously served in senior technical and litigation consulting positions with several regional and national CPA firms, and as a corporate finance executive and college professor. Dr. Epstein has authored or coauthored six books (including Wiley IFRS Interpretation and Application), hundreds of professional education courses, several articles in business or professional journals, and a weekly business column for an international newspaper. He has served on several state and national technical committees, including the AICPA's Board of Examiners, served as chair of the Illinois CPA Society's senior accounting technical committee, and held teaching positions at several universities. Dr. Epstein received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, and also holds degrees from DePaul University and the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, the AICPA, and the American Accounting Association.

Ralph Nach, CPA, is President and CEO of SkillSmart LLC, a Glenview, Illinois, based training and consulting firm. Mr. Nach writes, teaches, and consults on a wide range of accounting, auditing, quality management, and financial reporting matters. He has been a practitioner for over thirty years, during which he has served in capacities including accountant, auditor, quality control director, peer reviewer, educator, chief learning officer, and consultant for several public accounting firms, including Arthur Anderson LLP. Mr. Nach also served as a partner in the National Office of Audit and Accounting of McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. Mr. Nach holds a BSBA with honors from the Walter E. Heller School of Business Administration of Roosevelt University in Chicago, and is a licensed CPA in Illinois. He is a former adjunct lecturer in graduate accounting and finance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Nach has coauthored several other books and speaks nationally on accounting, auditing, and financial reporting topics. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society, where he has served as a chairman and/or member of numerous committees, and is an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mr. Nach was recently appointed as a charter member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the business school of his alma mater, Roosevelt University.

Steven Bragg, CPA, CMA, CIA, CPIM, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and auditor at Deloitte & Touche. He received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Maine. He is the author of 28 books, including Accounting Best Practices, The Ultimate Accountants' Reference, and Controllership. He has been the two-time president of the Colorado Mountain Club. He resides with his wife and two daughters in Centennial, Colorado. Sign up for his free accounting best practices newsletter at www.stevebragg.com.

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