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IAS 19/IFRIC 14 — Remeasurement at a plan amendment, curtailment or settlement / Availability of a refund of a surplus from a defined benefit plan

Background

Originally, this project combined two issues into a single package of narrow-scope amendments to IAS 19 Employee Benefits and IFRIC 14 IAS 19 – The Limit on a Defined Benefit Asset, Minimum Funding Requirements and their Interaction. It aims to clarify

  • the calculation of current service cost and net interest when an entity remeasures the net defined benefit liability (asset) when a plan amendment, curtailment or settlement occurs; and
  • whether a trustee's power to augment benefits or to wind up a plan affects the employer's unconditional right to a refund and thus, in accordance with IFRIC 14, restricts recognition of an asset.

Both issues were orginally submitted separately to the IFRS Interpretations Committee, but the IASB decided to deal with them in one narrow-scope project as both issues relate to IAS 19. However, in April 2017 the IASB decided to pursue the amendments to IAS 19 and in September 2017 confirmed it would do so despite putting off the amendments to IFRIC 14.

 

Current status of the project

The IASB formally added this narrow scope project to its agenda at its January 2015 meeting. An exposure draft was published on 18 June 2015 with comment letter deadline 19 October 2015. Amendments to IAS 19 regarding the calculation of current service cost and net interest an when entity remeasures the net defined benefit liability (asset) when a plan amendment, curtailment or settlement occurs were issued on 7 February 2018. Amendments regarding whether a trustee's power to augment benefits or to wind up a plan affects the employer's unconditional right to a refund and thus, in accordance with IFRIC 14, restricts recognition of an asset are still outstanding.

 

Project milestones

Date Development Comments
January 2015 Formally added to the IASB agenda
18 June 2015
ED/2015/5 Remeasurement on a Plan Amendment, Curtailment or Settlement/Availability of a Refund from a Defined Benefit Plan (Proposed amendments to IAS 19 and IFRIC 14) published
Comments requested by 19 October 2015
7 February 2018
Plan Amendment, Curtailment or Settlement
(Amendments to IAS 19) issued
An entity applies the amendments to plan amendments, curtailments or settlements occurring on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period that begins on or after 1 January 2019.

 

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