General presentation and disclosures – salting the sugar high

As we discussed here, the IASB has issued for comment its long-awaited exposure draft General Presentation and Disclosures, with comments to be received by June 30, 2020. One of the proposals’ most headline-grabbing aspects is the new concept of “management performance measures,” defined as: subtotals of income and expenses that: (a) are used in public…

Multiple tax consequences – but only one headache!

I don’t dive into the technicalities of deferred tax too often in this space, because, you know, it’s nice to keep at least a handful of readers…  But let’s make an exception today, courtesy of this fact pattern recently considered by IFRIC: an entity acquires an intangible asset with a finite useful life (a licence)…

Coronavirus: crisis of confidence

As I write this post, the so-called “coronavirus” provides a rather depressing illustration of the fragility of many things, not least the hopes for rational long-term investing. While every day provides additional speculation on the financial impact, here are a few snippets from the past couple of weeks. (Thomson Reuters) (Finance Minister Bill) Morneau told…

Classification of liabilities, or: the rights stuff

The IASB has issued Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current, amendments to IAS 1. The amendments are to be applied retrospectively for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2022 – earlier application is permitted. The extended application date responds to the possibility that changes in classification as a result of the…

Player transfer payments – eye on the ball!

I wrote a while ago about accounting issues relating to football (or, if you prefer, soccer), prompted by a PWC publication Accounting for typical transactions in the football industry: Issues and solutions under IFRS. I noted at the time that “I was certainly surprised that a sufficient readership exists for such a seemingly narrowly-targeted publication”…

Management commentary, or: like a prisoner, captured by your eyes

The IFRS Foundation is continuing to develop its revised practice statement on management commentary, with an exposure draft expected later in the year. A recent meeting of the project’s consultative group focused on the meaning of the phrase “management’s view.” The current draft of the practice statement refers to the concept in the following passages:…

Identifying cash equivalents, or: the six-month itch

A European example of issues arising in identifying cash equivalents As part of its activities, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) organizes a forum of enforcers from 42 different European jurisdictions, all of whom carry out monitoring and review programs similar to those carried out here by the Canadian Securities Administrators. ESMA recently published…

A standard-setter for non-financial reporting, or: flattery and despair

Eumedion is a Dutch entity that promotes the interests of institutional investors in the field of corporate governance and sustainability. It recently issued for comment a green paper: Towards a global standard setter for non-financial reporting. Here are some extracts: The attention of investors and other stakeholders for non-financial reporting has increased dramatically over the…