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IPSASB Issues Exposure Draft to Clarify Guidance on Borrowing Costs

Stakeholder comments on Exposure Draft 74 sought by March 1, 2021

Oct 21, 2020 | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has today released for comment Exposure Draft (ED) 74, IPSAS 5, Borrowing Costs – Non-Authoritative Guidance. The ED proposes the addition of non-authoritative guidance to IPSAS 5.

The proposed non-authoritative guidance would add implementation guidance and illustrative examples to IPSAS 5. The new material proposed in ED 74 would clarify how the existing principles for when borrowing costs can be capitalized should be applied in various regularly encountered public sector contexts. No amendments are proposed to the authoritative material in IPSAS 5.

“We undertook this project to address the practical challenges constituents identified in determining which borrowing costs can be capitalized and when,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “This is an important step in enhancing comparability between those public sector entities that capitalize borrowing costs.”

How to Comment
To access the Exposure Draft and its summary At-a-Glance document, or to submit a comment, visit the IPSASB website, Comments on the Consultation Paper are requested by March 1, 2021. The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, and regional accountancy organizations to promote the availability of this Consultation Paper to their members and employees.

About the IPSASB
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) works to strengthen public financial management globally through developing and maintaining accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®) and other high-quality financial reporting guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities. It also raises awareness of IPSAS and the benefits of accrual adoption. The Board receives support from the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the New Zealand External Reporting Board, and the governments of Canada and New Zealand. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please go to permissions or contact

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The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.