DPOC approves shortened comment period for OECD Pillar Two proposals

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01 Dec, 2022

At a supplementary meeting held today, the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC) discussed a potential shortened comment period for an exposure draft of proposed amendments to IAS 12 'Income Taxes' that would introduce a temporary exception from accounting for deferred taxes arising from the implementation of the OECD Pillar Two rules and targeted disclosures requirements for affected companies. The IASB expects to publish an exposure draft in January 2023.

While approval was unanimous in the end, questions of DPOC members included if the IASB had been slow in developing the proposed amendment and what timeframe the IASB had in mind when declaring the proposed exemption would be "temporary".

The IASB Chair explained that the IASB rather than being slow to react had in fact been as fast as possible. While the OECD released the rules in December 2021, the IASB had little alternative to monitoring developments until jurisdictions began implementing them. The developments suddenly picked up speed and the IASB reacted by, in one meeting only, discussing the required amendments holistically and developing the proposals.

The dependency on external developments also became clear in the answer regarding the meaning of "temporary" - until jurisdictions have finished implementing the rules, the IASB cannot consider the implications. The IASB Chair acknowledged, however, that it might be a good idea to consider including a review clause when finalising the amendments around the temporary exemption- to keep the perceived "vacuum" of information as short as possible.

While DPOC members finally agreed to shortening the comment period from 120 to 60 days ("a short, but sufficient comment letter period"), they also stressed that their decision was supported by the fact that the IASB's proposed amendments would help the OECD in getting the Pillar Two rules implemented in jurisdictions.

A recording of the session is available on the IFRS Foundation website.


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