Outsourcing and Migrating from GAAP to IFRS

Outsourcing

Outsourcing is the practice of using other companies to reduce your costs and transfer portions or the whole job to another supplier rather than doing it yourself. When used properly, outsourcing can be a good cost-cutting strategy. It is sometimes cheaper and more affordable to purchase a product from a company than having to produce it yourself. This is because the company producing it has acquired the important economies of scale in production.

Outsourcing comes with both pros and cons. The major disadvantage of outsourcing especially when outsourcing payroll is data confidentiality. A small leak by an employee of the outsourcing company could lead to court battles, negative reputation to your business. Some key corporate secret, salary, will be shared with a third party. This if not well handled could result in a disaster.

Outsourcing payroll could be cheaper to handle it internally. Most corporates which offer these services could be expensive since they use very complicated software that is expensive to acquire. Another complication of outsourcing payroll is that you could be using the same company with your competitors. This would lead to a conflict of interest. You could have a competitor requiring the information of your staffs and get it because the company does not want to lose business to the competitor. Dealing with employee complaints on salary-related issues would also be a concern. A staff that has been under or over paid will have to go through their supervisor who then lodges a complaint with the personnel department, then to the outsourced company. This would take time, which is not good especially considering that we are dealing with salaries, which is a very emotional issue. Staff currently handling the payroll function might have to be let go. This portrays an image of a possibly a struggling company.

 

To fully outsource a several payroll issues need to be addressed. If not well dealt with the whole process could be flawed with complaints and other issues. One of the issues to be dealt with is the choice of company. Competitive bidding needs to be done. The best company not only in pricing but also in controls and efficiency is to be chosen for the job.

Data confidentiality needs to be well addressed. The company given the contracts needs to demonstrate without reasonable doubt that its able to keep the company`s information securely. Performance agreements need to be signed in consultation with the legal team. Information should not be stored in transferable discs, e.g. Flash disk, CDs, etc. Consequences of a proven leak need to be agreed on at the beginning.

The process flows of how the transfer will need to be laid out. A direct injection plan or a piloting plan needs to be agreed on. This will ensure an easy transition from the previous system to the new system.

 Migrating from GAAP to IFRS

            IFRS is a principle based system while GAAP is a rule-based system. A principle-based system is favorable to businesses as it is flexible when compared with a rule-based system that is rigid. IFRS also offers more disclosures due to its flexibility. More disclosures are important to readers of financial analysis reports. Getting International Standards approval requires you to implement IFRS. ISO certification is crucial for businesses as it increases their credibility.



IFRS recognizes loss immediately unlike what happens with GAAP. Loss being reported immediately is advantageous to not the investors but also lenders and other stakeholders like suppliers. The sooner they can get this information the better.  This reveals the transparency that is in IFRS and not in GAAP. Contracting between companies and their management becomes easy, this also ensures effective corporate governance.

The convergence of IFRS has also made it easy to compare financial statements in many parts of the world. In the EU for example many companies adopted IFRS the same year it was introduced. With this kind of adoption businesses need to all now ensure they are on IFRS. The key reason for the preparation of key financial reports is for comparison purposes. It doesn’t make any sense to prepare statements that only you can compare with yourself.

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Users of IFRS need to understand the methodology used to generate reports. Under GAAP emphasis is on literature provided. Documentation is the key issue. IFRS is more flexible and even where documentation does not tally facts pattern are analyzed, and a decision is made. To implement IFRS is short and precise. It takes a minimum of one year to be fully setup. To use IFRS we would use direct key as the implementation plan.

 

References

Du, N., Alford, R. M., & Smith, P. L. (2016). Do GAAP And IFRS Differ In Collectiblity Judgments Related To Revenue Recognition?. Journal of Applied Business Research (JABR), 32(6), 1675-1686.

Giloz-Ran, E., Gavious, I., & Lev, B. (2014). The Positive Externalities of IFRS: Enhanced R&D Disclosure.


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