This section provides you with the most recent news in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). It summarises the activities of the IFRS Foundation, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee, as well as interviews about the effect of IFRS on the profession around the world.
Amendments to IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, IFRS 12, Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities and IAS 27, Separate Financial Statements on Investment Entities (IE) provide an exemption from consolidation for investment funds and similar entities. As such, an IE records its investments in subsidiaries at fair value through profit or loss, instead of consolidating them. The main reason for such preferential treatment is that the IE operates in a unique business model where fair value information is provided to its users and such fair value information is more useful for the stakeholders within the IE’s ecosystem. However, the assessment whether an entity qualified as an IE is not straightforward. Let us explore closely.
As last year marked the first decade of international accounting and reporting widely applied in Europe and a continuously growing number of other countries, it seems natural that we start the New Year reflecting on what the next decade of international accounting may look like and how we can influence it. To this end, I am grateful to Dr Nigel Sleigh-Johnson, Head of the Financial Reporting Faculty at ICAEW and co-author of ‘Moving to IFRS reporting: seven lessons learned from the European experience’, for sharing his personal views with us.
PUBLICATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Proposed guidance on transfers of investment property open for comment until 18 March 2016
On 19 November 2015, the IASB published an exposure draft aimed at clarifying the existing guidance on transfers to, or from, investment properties in IAS 40.