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Byte av redovisningsprincip: en analys av och jämförelse mellan rättsläget i svensk och tysk rätt
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2004 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
Changes in Accounting Policies : an analysis of and comparison between the current rules and recommendations in Swedish and German law (English)
Abstract [en]

In order to achieve comparability, which is one of the fundamental principles of accounting, companies should be consistent concerning the accounting policies they use. Only under certain circumstances changes in accounting policies are allowed, and when there is a change in accounting policies, it is important that the change is reported in a way that assures that the financial reports still achieve comparability.

The purpose of this thesis is to establish which rules and recommendations about changes in accounting policies that exist in Swedish and German law and what their meaning is. Further, the purpose is to compare these rules and recommendations and discuss their differences and similarities, advantages and disadvantages. Since publicly traded European companies will be obliged to prepare their consolidated accounts in conformity with International Accounting Standards (IAS) from 2005, I also describe the content of IAS 8 which deals with changes in accounting policies, and discuss what the consequences of this transition might be for Swedish and German publicly traded companies considering changes in accounting policies.

The comparison and discussion is divided in three parts. One about what a change in accounting policies is, one about the permissibility to change accounting policies, and one about how changes in accounting policies should be reported in the accounts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2004. , 79 p.
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats från Ekonomprogrammet), 2004:4
Keyword [en]
Law, Changes in accounting policies, RR 5, DRS 13, IAS 8, comparability, accounting law
Keyword [sv]
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2129OAI: diva2:19459
Available from: 2005-02-25 Created: 2005-02-25

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