IPSASB October 2019 eNews

Oct 09, 2019 | English

The IPSASB held its third meeting of 2019 from September 24-27, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Ministry of Finance of Portugal generously hosted the meeting.
  1. Collective and Individual Services & Emergency Relief
  2. Infrastructure Assets
  3. Revenue with Performance Obligations
  4. Revenue without Performance Obligations
  5. Transfer Expenses
  6. Leases
  7. Heritage
  8. Meeting Podcast
  9. Next Meeting

1. Collective and Individual Services & Emergency Relief

The IPSASB reviewed responses to ED 67, Collective and Individual Services and Emergency Relief. The IPSASB noted the significant issues raised on emergency relief and decided to remove this guidance. The IPSASB agreed some minor changes to the wording of the remainder of the ED and approved Collective and Individual Services (Amendments to IPSAS 19). The IPSASB agreed an effective date of January 1, 2022, to align with the effective date of IPSAS 42, Social Benefits.

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2. Infrastructure Assets

The IPSASB approved the comprehensive list and categorization of issues identified by stakeholders for accounting for infrastructure assets. The IPSASB instructed staff to refine the flowchart that will be used to analyze these issues, noting that it is a positive development with broader potential.  The revised flowchart and draft additional guidance prepared by staff to address the selected infrastructure assets issues will be considered by the IPSASB at the December 2019 Board meeting.
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3. Revenue with Performance Obligations

The IPSASB approved the staff proposals to add disclosure requirements dealing with materiality and aggregation, to ED 70, Revenue with Performance Obligations, as well as disclosure requirements for transactions arising from the statutorily required provision of services where collection of revenue is not probable. The staff also provided the IPSASB with an update on the Revenue Task Force’s activities, which resulted in revisions to the illustrative examples and other minor amendments to ED 70. These changes will be presented to the IPSASB in December 2019.
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4. Revenue without Performance Obligations

The IPSASB decided that binding arrangements without performance obligations (as defined in draft ED 70) will give rise to a present obligation of the recipient if they contain requirements for enforceable activities or eligible expenditure. Revenue will be recognized either as enforceable activities are completed or eligible expenditure is incurred. The IPSASB also agreed that revenue from capital transfers should be recognized as for any other transfer - that is in accordance with the details of the binding arrangement. The IPSASB also tentatively agreed that transfers that are subject to appropriations of the transfer provider should not be recognized by the transfer recipient until the recipient has control of resources.  Accounting will be subject to jurisdictional and entity- specific factors.
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5. Transfer Expenses

The IPSASB considered the authoritative sections of ED 72, Transfer Expenses. Subject to minor amendments, the IPSASB agreed the definitions. Accounting for transfer expenses with performance obligations will mirror the treatment in ED 70, Revenue with Performance Obligations. Entities will recognize transfer expenses without performance obligations at the earlier of the point at which they have a present obligation to transfer resources, or the point at which they lose control of the resources they transfer.
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6. Leases

he Leases Task Force Chair reported back to the IPSASB on the Task Force’s discussions in the third quarter of 2019. The IPSASB tentatively formed a view that departure from the lessor accounting requirements of IFRS 16, Leases, would be justified on conceptual grounds. The IPSASB began its consideration of the practical and cost-benefit implications of departing from IFRS 16 by receiving presentations on the implementation of IFRS 16 in the public and private sectors and the statistical accounting perspective. The IPSASB will continue this phase of its deliberations in December.
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7. Heritage

The IPSASB considered four issues with a potential impact on accounting - different usages of heritage assets, heritage assets held in trust and the implications of stewardship, depreciation/amortization and impairment, and the treatment of subsequent expenditure on heritage. The IPSASB instructed staff to provide further analysis of these issues at the December meeting. The IPSASB also approved a plan for development of guidance on heritage-related financial reporting issues.
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8. Meeting Podcast

A podcast highlighting key points of the September 2019 meeting is now available here.

 

9. Next Meeting

The next meeting of the IPSASB will be in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from December 10-13, 2019. For more information, or to register as an observer, visit the IPSASB website.

 
 

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