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Accountancy: Main Differences Between US and Ireland

Irish accountancy is somewhat different from American accountancy, in that there are more regulatory standards for accounting in Ireland than in America. In America, companies must follow the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) set down by the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

The Irish and UK uses the generally accepted accounting principles as a standard for accounting in companies. However, there are other guidelines accountants in Ireland must consider.

Irish accountants must also consider the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) set forth by the European Union (EU). These international financial reporting standards were developed in an attempt to streamline the financial reports from Irish companies as well as companies in other European nations.

This makes financial reporting easier to understand by everyone across the EU. The international financial reporting standards also allow Irish businesses to more easily compare their financial statements to those of companies in other nations for the purpose of determining competition and industry standards.

In addition to the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the international financial reporting standards (IFRS), Irish businesses must also adhere to specific Irish statutes and law.

Also for businesses operating in the UK they must also adhere to the UK Companies Act 1985, which requires UK companies to file their accounts with the Registrar of Companies, which makes the financial reports available to the UK and worldwide public.

The Companies Act 1985 will soon be superseded by the Companies Act 2006, which is not yet in effect in the UK. This UK Companies Act 2006 will restate in varying fashions the provisions laid down in the Companies Act 1985, and the amendments of the Companies Act 1989.

However, changes are being made to incorporate the European Union’s takeover of financial standards, and the laws regarding international trade and financial reporting that are now necessary for UK companies to follow.

It will also put into codified law the UK common law that was previously used in regards to UK companies and accountancy.

Any UK accountancy issues that require immediate attention but are not covered by the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), international financial reporting standards (IFRS), or Companies Act 1989 are brought before the Urgent Issues Task Force.

This group determines solutions to issues of UK accountancy, and publish Abstracts which are binding immediately for UK companies. These additional standards must also be followed by UK companies.

As you can see, accountancy in Ireland can be much more complex than that of the United States of America. There are many Irish laws, UK laws, European Laws, and accounting standards to follow for Irish companies.

While Americans must only adhere to the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) set down by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Irish companies must adhere also to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) set down by the European Union.

If you have any question about standard accounting practices for Irish, UK or EU companies, you should contact an accountant to help you with your accountancy as soon as possible.

Need a Dublin based accountant to look after your bookkeeping, management accounts or other financial related business needs. Then call us here at Kilcoyne Accountants for a discussion regarding your requirements.

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