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IAS Plus newsletter — Simplified financial reporting - IASB provides relief for SMEs

Published on: 25 Sep 2009

On 9 July 2009, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued the IFRS for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs). This Standard provides an alternative framework that can be applied by eligible entities in place of the full set of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) in issue.

The IFRS for SMEs is a self-contained Standard, incorporating accounting principles that are based on full IFRSs but that have been simplified to suit the entities within its scope (known as SMEs). By removing some accounting treatments permitted under full IFRSs, eliminating topics and disclosure requirements that are not generally relevant to SMEs, and simplifying requirements for recognition and measurement, the IFRS for SMEs reduces the volume of accounting requirements applicable to SMEs by more than 90 per cent when compared with the full set of IFRSs.

Where financial statements are prepared using the Standard, the basis of presentation note (and, where applicable, the auditor’s report) would refer to compliance with the IFRS for SMEs. Many SMEs may find that this internationally recognised ‘cachet’ for their financial statements will improve their access to capital.

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