ASPE Snapshot: ASPE 1591 Subsidiaries

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ASPE Snapshot: ASPE 1591 Subsidiaries


  • Covers accounting for subsidiaries in general purpose financial statements (FS).
  • Does NOT cover accounting for:
    • Investments (refer to ASPE 3051 Investments, ASPE 3056 Interests in Joint Arrangements, and ASPE 3856 Financial Instruments).
    • Investment companies (refer to AcG-18 Investment Companies).
    • Employee benefit plans (refer to ASPE 3462 Employee Future Benefits).
    • Qualifying special-purpose entities (refer to Appendix B of ASPE 3856).
    • Contractual arrangements between entities under common control.
  • Related sections:
    • ASPE 1582 Business Combinations — sets out the basis of accounting for transactions by which subsidiaries are acquired.
    • ASPE 1601 Consolidated Financial Statements - describes preparation of consolidated FS.
    • ASPE 1602 Non-controlling Interests — describes the accounting for a non-controlling interest in a subsidiary subsequent to a business combination.

ASPE 1591 Subsidiaries

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