We comment on the comprehensive review of the IFRS for SMEs

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23 Oct, 2020

We have published our comment letter on the IASB’s Request for Information ‘Comprehensive Review of the IFRS for SMEs Standard’, which was published by the IASB on 28 January 2020.

We support the proposed alignment of the IFRS for SMEs Standard with full IFRS Standards, which includes the alignment of principles and important definitions; however, we suggest the Board should assess which principles and definitions are relevant to the users of the IFRS for SMEs Standard. In addition, we agree with the Board’s proposal to use the principles of relevance, simplification and faithful representation to provide a framework that assists in determining whether and how the IFRS for SMEs and the suggestions by the Board in Part B of the RFI on the specific sections of the IFRS for SMEs Standard that should be aligned with full IFRS Standards except for the proposed alignment with IFRS 16 Leases. Lastly, we note that the IFRS for SMEs Standard does not provide guidance on how SMEs should account for assets held for sale and discontinued operations. We believe that the Board should consider alignment with IFRS 5 Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations with simplifications, where appropriate.

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