This Volume, edited by Peter W. Wolnizer, Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney, makes available the collected writings of Walter P. Scheutze, a senior accounting practitioner. The articles, speeches and letters collected here probe the most fundamental problems of corporate financial reporting, cogently arguing the case for accounting reform and proposing well-informed solutions to these problems.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Honourable Justice Kim Santow
Letter from Mr Fred Talton
Walter P. Schuetze: Accounting Reformer
Walter P. Schuetze: An Autobiography
Part 1: Schuetze on Accounting for Assets and Liabilities
I. Walter Schuetze on Keep It Simple
II. What is an Asset?
III. What are Assets and Liabilities? Where is True North? (Accounting that my Sister Would Understand)
I. New Chief Accountant's Wish List
II. Relevance and Credibility in Financial Accounting and Reporting
III. Why are We all Here Anyway?
IV. Accounting for Restructurings
V. Enforcement Issues, and Is the Cost of Purchased Goodwill an Asset?
VI. Cookie Jar Reserves
I. Financial Instruments
II. Accounting for Transfers of Receivables (Tom, Dick and Harry)
III. Discount Rate re Cash Outflows for Nuclear Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation
IV. Discount Rate for Pension Liabilities
V. Exposure Draft E25: Impairment of Assets
VI. Exposure Draft E59 on Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets
VII. Exposure Draft E60 on Intangible Assets and E61 on Business Combinations
VIII. Business Combinations and Intangible Assets
IX. Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets and for Obligations Associated with Disposal Activities
X. 'Business Combinations and Intangible Assets - Accounting for Goodwill'
XI. FASB and Accounting Goodwill
XII. Accounting for Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Liabilities, Equity, or Both
XIII. Accounting for Stock Options Issued to Employees
XIV. Proposed Interpretation: Guarantor's Accounting and Disclosure Requirements for Gurantees, Including Indirect Gurantees of Indebtedness of Others
XV. Your Proposed Interpretation Consolidation of Certain Special Purpose Entities
Part 2: Schuetze on the Implications of Accounting Practices for Auditing
I. Disclosure and the Impairment Question
II. The Liability Crisis in the US and Its Impact on Accounting
III. Reporting by Independent Auditors on Internal Controls
IV. A Mountain or a Molehill?
I. Comments on Certain Aspects of the Special Report of the AICPA's Public Oversight Board of March 5, 1993
II. Enforcement Issues: Good News, Bad News, Brillo Pads, Miracle-Gro and Roundup
Part 3: Schuetze on Accounting Standard Setting and Regulation
I. The Setting of International Accounting Standards
II. What is the Future of Mutual Recognition of Financial Statements and is Comparability Really Necessary? Information is King
III. A Note about Private-Sector Standard Setting
IV. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
V. Financial Accounting and Reporting in our Worldwide Economy
VI. SEC Accounting Update
VII. A Review of FASB's Accomplishments Since its Inception in 1973
VIII. Current Developments at the SEC
IX. A Memo to National and International Accounting and Auditing Standard Setters and Securities Regulators (A Christmas Pony)
X. Hearing on 'Accounting and Investor Protection Issues Raised by Enron and other Public Companies: Oversight of the Accounting Profession, Audit Quality and Independence, and Formulation of Accounting Principles'
XI. Watching a Game of Three-Card Monte on Times Square
I. IASC due process
Walter P. Schuetze is a certified public accountant. He was the Chief Accountant to the Securities and Exchange Commission (1992-1995) and Chief Accountant of the Commission's Division of Enforcement (1997-2000). Peter W. Wolnizer, PhD, FCPA, is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business and a Professor of Accounting in The University of Sydney. He is author of Auditing as Independent Authentication and has written extensively on financial accounting and auditing.