Two new public sector standards based on IFRSs

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12 Feb 2008

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has issued two new International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs) that further converge public sector GAAP with IFRSs:

  • IPSAS 25 Employee Benefits. IPSAS 25 sets out the reporting requirements for the four categories of employee benefits dealt with in the IASB's IAS 19 Employee Benefits. These are short-term employee benefits, such as wages and social security contributions; post-employment benefits, including pensions and other retirement benefits; other long-term employee benefits; and termination benefits. The new IPSAS also deals with specific issues for the public sector, including the discount rate related to post-employment benefits, treatment of post-employment benefits provided through composite social security programs, and long-term disability benefits. IPSAS 25 is effective for reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2011.
  • IPSAS 26 Impairment of Cash-Generating Assets. Some public sector entities (other than government business enterprises, which would already be using full IFRSs) may operate assets with the main purpose of generating a commercial return (rather than providing a public service). IPSAS 26, which is based on IAS 36 Impairment of Assets, applies to such assets. It sets out the procedures for a public sector entity to determine whether a cash-generating asset has lost future economic benefit or service potential and to ensure that impairment losses are recognised in its financial reports. Non cash-generating assets, those used primarily for service delivery, are addressed separately in IPSAS 21 Impairment of Non-Cash-Generating Assets. IPSAS 26 is effective for reporting periods beginning on or after 1 April 2009.

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