European Union formally adopts IFRIC 21

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16 Jun, 2014

The European Union has published a Commission Regulation endorsing IFRIC 21 'Levies'.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 634/2014 of 13 June 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council published in the Official Journal on 14 June 2014 adopts IFRIC 21 Levies issued by the IASB in May 2013.

IFRIC 21 provides guidance on when to recognise a liability for a levy imposed by a government, both for levies that are accounted for in accordance with IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets and those where the timing and amount of the levy is certain.

IFRIC 21 is effective in the EU for annual periods beginning on or after 17 June 2014, however, earlier application is permitted so EU companies can adopt in accordance with the IASB effective date (1 January 2014).

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