Thursday, July 1, 2010

Comparative Study of Accounting Standards for Reporting of Pension Plans

By Gurtej Singh Sadiora

The main objective of pension plan reporting in financial statements is to make sure a true picture of pension scheme is provided in the plan sponsor’s financial statements. The accounting standard boards issue accounting standards to guide and regulate reporting of pension plans. Accounting standard statements have their own objectives but the main idea is to make financial statements more transparent, consistent, easily understandable to user of accounts and represent them in a more faithful manner.

A comparative study of accounting standards issued by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in USA, UK Accounting Standard Board (ASB), International Accounting Standards and by The Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is presented in this paper.