IASB proposes amendments regarding the recognition of deferred tax assets for unrealised losses

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20 Aug, 2014

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published an Exposure Draft (ED) of proposed amendments to IAS 12 'Income Taxes'. As the IASB concluded that diversity in practice around the recognition of a deferred tax asset that is related to a debt instrument measured at fair value is mainly attributable to uncertainty about the application of some of the principles in IAS 12, the proposed amendments consist of some clarifying paragraphs and an illustrating example. Comments are requested by 18 December 2014.




Suggested changes

Based on the IFRS Interpretation Committee's identification of diversity in practice and the different views taken, the IASB proposes in ED/2014/3 Recognition of Deferred Tax Assets for Unrealised Losses (Proposed amendments to IAS 12) amendments aimed at clarifying the following aspects:

  • Unrealised losses on debt instruments measured at fair value and measured at cost for tax purposes give rise to a deductible temporary difference regardless of whether the debt instrument's holder expects to recover the carrying amount of the debt instrument by sale or by use.
  • The carrying amount of an asset does not limit the estimation of probable future taxable profits.
  • Estimates for future taxable profits exclude tax deductions resulting from the reversal of deductible temporary differences.
  • An entity assesses a deferred tax asset in combination with other deferred tax assets. Where tax law restricts the utilisation of tax losses, an entity would assess a deferred tax asset in combination with other deferred tax assets of the same type.


Transition requirements and effective date

The ED proposes limited retrospective application of the amendments for entities already applying IFRS. However, full retrospective application is proposed for first-time adopters of IFRS.

The ED does not contain a proposed effective date. The IASB will consider this point based on the comments that it receives.


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