Do GAAP And IFRS Differ In Collectiblity Judgments Related To Revenue Recognition?

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Ning Du
R. Mark Alford
Patricia L. Smith


ASC 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers, Collectibility of Consideration, GAAP Versus IFRS Interpretation of “Probable”


The goal of this study is to examine whether financial statement preparers may interpret the collectibility threshold differently given the differences in the prior definitions of “probable” in IFRS and GAAP. We conducted an experiment where participants were provided with either the IFRS or GAAP definition of “probable” and then asked to evaluate five short revenue recognition scenarios. We find that their judgments regarding collectibility of consideration did not differ across the IFRS or GAAP conditions. This study contributes to the prior accounting literature on interpreting vague verbal probability terms and expands this line of work to the arena of revenue recognition. Our results also provide insight for standard setter and policy makers in their efforts to achieve true convergence in accounting standards. 


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