The (mostly unappealing) state of the bitcoin nation

“One of the world’s largest accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has accepted its first ever bitcoin payment,” announced a recent story on cryptocurrencynews.com  It went on: PwC accepted bitcoin as payment for its advisory services, as it is currently working with multiple startups that deal in bitcoin and the cryptocurrency industry. PwC has also started to…

Sustainability reporting standards – meeting the needs of capital markets (did we leave anyone out?)

Momentum continues toward establishing a sustainability standards board… One of the most recent bulletins came in the wake of a meeting of IFRS Foundation trustees in early March, including the following: The Trustees welcomed the February 2021 public statement by the IOSCO Board, announcing IOSCO’s intention to work with the IFRS Foundation in developing a plan…

We’re out of here in two months, so let’s write it down now, no?

You’ll recall that right of use assets recognized under leasing arrangements are subject to the impairment requirements of IAS 36, and tested for impairment when indicators exist… If such indicators exist, an entity determines whether the ROU asset can be tested on a stand-alone basis or whether it should be tested as part of a…

Disclosing accounting policies – cut out the excess crap!

The IASB has issued Disclosure of Accounting Policies – Amendments to IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2 IAS 1 currently requires that “an entity shall disclose its significant accounting policies comprising: (a) the measurement basis (or bases) used in preparing the financial statements; and (b) the other accounting policies used that are relevant to…

Covid-19 disclosures – we were encouraged by the quality of your portrait of hell…

The Canadian Securities Administrators have issued CSA Notice 51-362 Staff Review of COVID-19 Disclosures and Guide for Disclosure Improvements, based on reviewing “the continuous disclosure filings of approximately 90 issuers across a broad spectrum of industries and size of operations, focusing on the disclosures of the most recent reporting period ending September 30, 2020.” Here’s…

Disclosures about business acquisitions – no more, please…

Early last year, the IASB published “a Discussion Paper on possible improvements to the information companies report about acquisitions of businesses to help investors assess how successful those acquisitions have been.” We already looked at the reaction to a few aspects of the paper. Another of its key notions is that “Investors have said that companies…

covid-19-related rent concessions – your application questions answered

We’ve already looked at the IASB’s Covid-19-related rent concessions, amendments to IFRS 16, effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after June 1, 2020, with earlier application permitted. This is how the accompanying news release summed it up: The amendment exempts lessees from having to consider individual lease contracts to determine whether rent concessions…