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IASB concludes the 2015-2017 annual improvements cycle

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Dec 12, 2017

On December 12, 2017, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued "Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2015–2017 Cycle". The pronouncement contains amendments to four International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as result of the IASB's annual improvements project.

Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2015–2017 Cycle makes amendments to the following standards:

IFRS Subject of amendment

IFRS 3, Business Combinations and IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements

The amendments to IFRS 3 clarify that when an entity obtains control of a business that is a joint operation, it remeasures previously held interests in that business. The amendments to IFRS 11 clarify that when an entity obtains joint control of a business that is a joint operation, the entity does not remeasure previously held interests in that business. 

IAS 12, Income Taxes

The amendments clarify that the requirements in the former paragraph 52B (to recognize the income tax consequences of dividends where the transactions or events that generated distributable profits are recognized) apply to all income tax consequences of dividends by moving the paragraph away from paragraph 52A that only deals with situations where there are different tax rates for distributed and undistributed profits.

IAS 23Borrowing Costs

The amendments clarify that if any specific borrowing remains outstanding after the related asset is ready for its intended use or sale, that borrowing becomes part of the funds that an entity borrows generally when calculating the capitalisation rate on general borrowings.

The Amendments to IFRS 3 and IFRS 11 were originally included in Exposure Draft ED/2016/1 Definition of a Business and Accounting for Previously Held Interests. However, the Board believed that these amendments meet the criteria for annual improvements and therefore included them in this cycle.

Furthermore, the Exposure Draft ED/2017/1 Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2015-2017 Cycle included amendments to IAS 28 regarding long-term interests in an associate or joint venture. Those amendments have been finalised separately as a narrow-scope amendment to IAS 28.

The amendments published today are all effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019.

Review the press release on the IASB's website.

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