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Configuration or customisation costs in a cloud computing arrangement

What’s the issue?

The International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC), received a request addressing how a customer should account for costs of configuring or customising a supplier’s application software in a Cloud Computing or Software as a Service (SaaS) arrangement. Significant diversity in practice had developed and the IFRIC determined it was appropriate for an agenda decision to be issued.

The IFRIC determined sufficient guidance exists within the relevant accounting standards and therefore no amendments to accounting standards were required. The rationale for arriving at this conclusion, which forms part of the interpretation of IFRS, is set out in the agenda decision.

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