SYNOPSIS: The Financial Accounting Standards Board (hereafter, FASB) and the International Accounting Standard Board (hereafter, IASB) issued a joint discussion paper titled Preliminary Views on Financial Statement Presentation. The Boards are seeking comments on whether their proposed model for financial statement presentation would improve the usefulness of the financial statement information for financial decision makers. This paper sets forth the American Accounting Association Financial Accounting Standards Committee (hereafter, the committee) summary comments as well as responses to several of the FASB’s and IASB’s (hereafter, jointly mentioned, the Boards) specific objectives and principles-related questions. Overall, the committee believes that the model has several appealing features, but also has several potential problems. Many of the problems discussed related to potential learning impediments for users to adapt to the new presentation format.

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