IASB to consider possible narrow-scope amendment to IFRS 17

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May 18, 2021

At its upcoming meeting on 24–27 May 2021, the IASB will discuss the accounting for derecognized financial assets when insurers first apply IFRS 17 'Insurance Contracts' and IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments'.

The subject of discussion will be an accounting mismatch between financial assets and insurance contract liabilities that could arise at the beginning of the comparative period when financial assets have been derecognized during the comparative period. The mismatch arises because entities are not permitted to restate comparative information for those assets.

As explaining this mismatch to users of financial statements would be difficult and would not provide useful information because it does not represent an economic mismatch, the staff is asking the Board whether it wants to develop a narrow-scope amendment that would reduce the accounting mismatch, without having a wider effect and creating a risk of unintended consequences.

The amendment the staff is proposing would permit an entity, on initial application of IFRS 17, for the purpose of presenting comparative information, to elect to measure at fair value through profit or loss financial assets derecognized between the transition date and date of initial application of IFRS 17. The transition requirements in IFRS 9 would remain unchanged.

Review the paper for the session (scheduled for Monday May 24, 2021, 13:15-14:15) on the IASB's website.

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