Our ‘IFRS Viewpoint’ series provides insights from our global IFRS team on applying IFRSs in challenging situations. Each edition will focus on an area where the Standards have proved difficult to apply or lack guidance. This edition provides guidance on the issues encountered when an entity determines that it is not appropriate to prepare its financial statements on a going concern basis.
What’s the issue?
Both IAS 1 ‘Presentation of Financial Statements’ and IAS 10 ‘Events after the Reporting Period’ suggest that a departure from the going concern basis is required when specified circumstances exist. Neither Standard however provides any details of an alternative basis of preparation and how it may differ from the going concern basis. Entities will therefore need to develop an appropriate basis of preparation. This IFRS Viewpoint addresses some of the issues that entities will face when doing so.