IASB concludes the 2011-2013 Annual Improvements cycle

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12 Dec 2013

The IASB issued 'Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2011–2013 Cycle', a collection of amendments to IFRSs, in response to issues addressed during the 2011–2013 cycle. Four standards are affected by the amendments.

Annual Improvements 2011–2013 Cycle makes amendments to the following standards:

Standard Amendments
IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (changes to the Basis for Conclusions only) Meaning of effective IFRSs
Clarifies that an entity, in its first IFRS financial statements, has the choice between applying an existing and currently effective IFRS or applying early a new or revised IFRS that is not yet mandatorily effective, provided that the new or revised IFRS permits early application. An entity is required to apply the same version of the IFRS throughout the periods covered by those first IFRS financial statements.
IFRS 3 Business Combinations Scope of exception for joint ventures
Clarifies that IFRS 3 excludes from its scope the accounting for the formation of a joint arrangement in the financial statements of the joint arrangement itself.
IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement Scope of paragraph 52 (portfolio exception)
Clarifies that the scope of the portfolio exception defined in paragraph 52 of IFRS 13 includes all contracts accounted for within the scope of IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement or IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, regardless of whether they meet the definition of financial assets or financial liabilities as defined in IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation.
IAS 40 Investment Property Clarifying the interrelationship of IFRS 3 and IAS 40 when classifying property as investment property or owner-occupied property
Clarifies that determining whether a specific transaction meets the definition of both a business combination as defined in IFRS 3 Business Combinations and investment property as defined in IAS 40 Investment Property requires the separate application of both standards independently of each other.

The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 July 2014, but can be applied earlier. For more information, please see the press release on the IASB's website or our Annual improvements page.

Deloitte's IFRS Global Office has prepared an IFRS in Focus Newsletter explaining the amendments.

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