Alert: Exposure Draft – Subsidiaries without Public Accountability: Disclosures (July 2021)

Date: July 26, 2021
Type: IFRS
Category: Alerts

Alert: Exposure Draft – Subsidiaries without Public Accountability: Disclosures (July 2021)

In July 2021, the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) issued for public comment the Exposure Draft, Subsidiaries without Public Accountability: Disclosures proposing a new, optional IFRS standard that would allow eligible subsidiaries to apply IFRS standards with a reduced set of disclosure requirements.

Background

When reporting to a parent company for the purpose of consolidation in accordance with IFRS, a subsidiary generally applies the recognition and measurement requirements in IFRS standards. If the subsidiary does not apply IFRS standards in its own financial statements, it would have to maintain additional accounting records to comply with IFRS for the purpose of reporting to its parent company. The Exposure Draft was developed in response to requests for the IASB to develop an IFRS standard that would allow subsidiaries without public accountability to apply IFRS standards, but with reduced disclosure requirements, to reduce the cost of preparing financial information.

Proposed Standard

The proposed standard would permit an eligible subsidiary to elect to use the recognition, measurement and presentation requirements of the IFRS Standards when preparing its own financial statements, while providing reduced disclosures. The proposed standard specifies which disclosure requirements an entity would apply when following the new standard, as well as which disclosure requirements in other IFRS standards would be replaced by the disclosure requirements in the proposed standard.

A subsidiary would be eligible to apply the proposed standard if it meets the following requirements at the end of its reporting period:

  • The subsidiary does not have public accountability (i.e., its debt or equity instruments are not traded in a public market or is not in the process of issuing such instruments for trading in a public market; or does not hold assets in a fiduciary capacity for a broad group of outsiders as its primary businesses), and
  • Its ultimate or immediate parent company prepares consolidated financial statements available for public use by applying IFRS standards.

An eligible subsidiary may elect to apply the proposed standard and may later revoke that election. In addition, this election could be applied more than once.

The proposal would not affect the information disclosed in the parent’s consolidated financial statements.

The Exposure Draft does not propose an effective date; however, earlier application would be permitted.

The Exposure Draft is open for public comment until January 31, 2022.

Resources

The full history of the IASB’s project on Disclosure Initiative – Subsidiaries without Public Accountability: Disclosures is available here.

The Accounting Standards Board (“AcSB”) is currently monitoring the IASB’s project. A full history of the AcSB’s corresponding project is available here.


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