Accounting / OECD countries favour accrual accounting

Nearly 75% of OECD countries have adopted accrual accounting for their year-end financial reports and more than a quarter now prepare their annual budgets on an accrual basis, according to research by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the OECD

Accounting / IFRS 15: revenue recognition overhaul

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers comes into force from next year but has been surpassed by businesses focussing on IFRS 9, IFRS 16 and IFRS 17. Jeroen Van Doorsselaere, vice president of risk and finance at Wolters Kluwer, outlines the new rules on revenue recognition under IFRS 15

Accounting / FRC proposes simplifications to FRS 102 to cut costs

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is consulting on proposals to make some significant changes to FRS 102 to clarify loan definitions and alter the market definition of some directors loans 

Accounting / IFRS 9 transition arrangements fraught with difficulty, warns EBA

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has issued an opinion on the transitional arrangements and credit risk adjustments to mitigate the effect of the accounting standard IFRS 9 Financial Instruments on prudential ratios, warning that it could mean banks recognise lower loan-loss provisions or impairments than they do at present

Accounting / International Valuation Standards 2017: what’s new?

Alex Aronsohn FRICS, technical director at the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) examines the main changes to IVS 2017 which is due to come into force from July 2017 and considers what it means for valuation professionals and accountants

Accounting / IFRS taxonomy 2017 published

The IFRS Foundation has published the IFRS Taxonomy 2017, which reflects the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) at 1 January 2017, including standards published but not yet effective 

Accounting / Pension deficits: dividends and distributable reserves

Pensions are an increasingly pressing issue for UK companies and in recent months the burden has become so great that it has started impinging more and more on companies’ dividends and ability to raise capital, explains Alex Waite, partner at Lane Clark & Peacock

Accounting / IFRS 16 treatment of leases ‘more complex than expected’

A progress report from lease accounting software vendor LeaseAccelerator has found approximately two thirds of businesses are finding complying with IFRS 16 Leases difficult as they prepare for its 2019 commencement, with the collection of three years of comparative information already required 

Accounting / International reporting: 2017 will be the year of truths for IFRS

This year marks the implementation of two new accounting standards, IFRS 16 Leases and IFRS 9 Financial Instruments. Jeroen Van Doorsselaere, vice president of risk and finance at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services comments on a year of truth for IFRS reporters

Accounting / Marshall: time for transparency on judgments and estimates

Investors want financial statements to clearly explain the judgments and estimates made, but companies often obscure the detail. Andrew Marshall FCA, senior technical partner at KPMG, considers whether the latest FRC thematic review will improve the situation

Accounting / Stallabrass: post-Brexit accounting standards from UK GAAP to IFRS

Matthew Stallabrass, partner in the corporate team at Crowe Clark Whitehill, considers how Brexit may affect the future use of key accounting standards in the UK from FRS 102 - new UK GAAP - to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 

Accounting / EFRAG consulting on draft endorsement for IFRS 16

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) is now consulting on its draft endorsement advice on the new lease accounting standard, IFRS 16

Accounting / IASB sets up transition group for IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is to set up a transition resource group to support the implementation of IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts, which is set for a May 2017 release

Accounting / EFRAG sets up academic panel

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), which advises the European Commission on IFRS issues, is seeking candidates for its new academic panel, as part of a move to increase its research activities

Accounting / Lease taxation under IFRS 16 – part 2

In part two of our series on lease taxation under IFRS 16 Leases, the new accounting standard set to come into use in 2019, CCH tax specialist writer Paul Davies considers the pros and cons of HMRC's initial proposals for different variations on accounts based regimes using a leasing or capital allowance approach