The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) staff is to develop guidance to help micro-sized entities apply the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs).
The SME Implementation Group (an advisory body to the IASB) will work with the staff in developing the guidance and will approve a final draft to be sent to the IASB for review.
Paul Pacter, IASB member and chairman of the SME Implementation Group, said: “The IFRS for SMEs has been a remarkable success story, with around 80 jurisdictions having already adopted or planning to adopt the 230-page standard. In some of those jurisdictions the IFRS for SMEs is also used by very small companies with just a few employees. The staff was asked, and has agreed, to develop guidance suitable for micros as a ‘sub-set’ of the IFRS for SMEs, not as a separate standard.”
IASB staff will develop the guidance by extracting from the IFRS for SMEs only those requirements that are clearly necessary for most micro-sized entities, without modifying any of the principles for recognising and measuring assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. Only the main principles relating to those requirements would be included.
The guidance will contain cross-references to the IFRS for SMEs for matters not dealt with in the guidance booklet. Subsequently, having applied the guidance, an entity’s notes to financial statements and auditor’s report could refer to conformity with the IFRS for SMEs because there is no modification.
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