AASB Paper Describes Accounting for Liabilities

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Print Email

The Chair of the Us Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mary Jo White, gave a discourse at US initiative meeting on the issue of data over-burden. In spite of the fact that she was fundamentally alluding to the divulgences needed by Sec Regulation S-K, the inquiries The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) has distributed a paper giving an applied dissection of the key issues concerning the budgetary reporting of liabilities. The paper promoters an expansive meaning of 'liabilities', that liabilities be recognized on the support of gathering the definition alone instead of divide criteria, and that liabilities be measured at current quality estimation on introductory and much of the time in resulting periods.

The AASB Occasional Paper arrangement is distributed by the AASB Research Centre and is intended to furnish a parkway for in-profundity thought of budgetary reporting issues to expedite wrangle about and give thought initiative in bookkeeping standard-setting. The inaugural paper in the arrangement, ASAB Occasional Paper No. 1 Liabilities – the ignored component: a calculated investigation of the money related reporting of liabilities was composed by Warren McGregor, an autonomous monetary reporting specialist and part of the International Accounting Standards Board from its starting shaping until 2011.

The paper contends that there has been a recorded concentrate on stakes by bookkeeping standard-setters and others, which may be because of the way of a few liabilities and the frequently illogical impacts of measuring liabilities on a present worth support (e.g. higher rebate rates bringing about more level recognized liabilities, and the effects of changing for progressions in credit hazard). Specifically, the paper makes the accompanying perceptions with respect to 'non-trade' liabilities:

Unlike most stakes, liabilities will regularly come up without a trade transaction having occurred; for instance, case liabilities, possession retirement liabilities, assessment liabilities, social strategy liabilities and liabilities coming up from the receipt of government gives. There is no equivalent inflow (or all the more correctly 'trade returns') identifying with these liabilities... Surveying if, and distinguishing when, a commitment emerges in connection to 'non-trade' liabilities and thusly measuring them is here and there exceedingly risky.

On account of the different troubles going out, the paper contends that numerous issues remain uncertain and conclusions arrived at are frequently conflicting and "need calculated rigor". As needs be, the paper endeavors to address the fundamental issues concerning the definition and estimation of liabilities, and likewise manages particular revelation issues arising. 

Source: IFRS Forum

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