The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the US national standard-setter, have issued amendments that will improve and align the presentation of items of other comprehensive income (OCI) in financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and those prepared in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
The amendments to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements require companies preparing financial statements in accordance with IFRSs to group together items within OCI that may be reclassified to the profit or loss section of the income statement. The amendments also reaffirm existing requirements that items in OCI and profit or loss should be presented as either a single statement or two consecutive statements.
The FASB issued an Update to Topic 220: Presentation of Comprehensive Income that brings US GAAP into alignment with IFRSs for the presentation of OCI.
The changes issued do not address which items should be presented in OCI or which and when items should be recycled through profit or loss. However, requiring OCI to be presented as part of, or in close proximity to, the profit or loss (income) statement will make it easier for users of financial statements to assess the impact of OCI items on the overall performance of an entity and improve comparability between IFRSs and US GAAP.
"These amendments maintain an appropriate separation between OCI and profit or loss while ensuring that the two can be easily read together. The changes do not address the issue of which items of income and expense should be included in profit or loss or OCI. The Board will be asking stakeholders in the near future whether this important issue should be added to the Board’s agenda," says Sir David Tweedie, IASB Chairman.
The IASB’s amendments to IAS 1 are set out in Presentation of Items of Other Comprehensive Income and are effective for financial years beginning on or after 1 July 2012.
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