IPSAS 35, Consolidated Financial Statements
IPSAS 35 supersedes the requirements in IPSAS 6 regarding consolidated financial statements. This standard still requires that control be assessed having regard to benefits and power, but the definition of control has changed and the standard now provides considerably more guidance on assessing control. The definition of control focuses on an entity’s ability to influence the nature and amount of benefits through its power over another entity. This new definition of control may impact previous assessments of control, and therefore whether certain entities should be consolidated.
IPSAS 35 introduces the concept of “investment entities,” which may be applicable to some sovereign wealth funds. Generally, an investment entity measures its investments in controlled entities at fair value through surplus or deficit. After thorough consultation the
IPSASB decided, for public sector specific reasons, that an entity which controls an investment entity should retain this method of accounting for an investment entity’s investments in its consolidated financial statements, regardless of whether it is itself an investment entity.
In contrast with IPSAS 6, Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements, IPSAS 35 no longer permits an exemption from consolidation for temporarily controlled entities. Consistent with the IPSASB’s policy of reducing unnecessary differences between IPSASs and Government Finance Statistics reporting guidelines, the IPSASB has aligned the principles in IPSAS 35 with the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (pre-publication draft) where feasible.