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Accounting Standards Board


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The recognized body for setting accounting standards in the UK. It was established in 1990 to replace the Accounting Standards Committee (ASC) following the recommendations contained in the Dearing Report. Under the Companies Act, companies (except certain small companies and medium-sized companies) must state whether their accounts have been prepared in accordance with the relevant accounting standards and give details and reasons for any material departures from those standards. The ASB issues Financial Reporting Exposure Drafts (FREDs), Financial Reporting Standards (FRS), and through its offshoot, the Urgent Issues Task Force, reports known as Abstracts. The ASB is a subsidiary of the Financial Reporting Council.

http://www.frc.org.uk/asb/ Website of the ASB: includes a list of standards in issue with summaries

Subjects: Economics — Accounting.


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