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Since supplementary financial measures fall outside the remit of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), they may lack transparency, comparability, and consistency—essential qualities for investors and other stakeholders wanting to assess financial performance. To address this challenge, the PAIB Committee’s guidance establishes a set of principles that allows professional accountants to develop and report useful measures in accordance with the qualitative characteristics of financial information.

The guidance builds on the qualitative characteristics of useful financial reporting: relevant and faithful representation, as well as comparability, verifiability, timeliness, and understandability.

 

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