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IASB and FASB align presentation requirements for other comprehensive income

16 June 2011


 

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the US national standard-setter, issued today 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 today 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 today 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.

Commenting on the amendments, Sir David Tweedie, IASB Chairman, said:

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.

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. An IASB Project Summary and Feedback Statement explaining how the IASB responded to views received during its consultations as well as a podcast introducing the amendments is available on the project page on www.ifrs.org.

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Related information 

  • Click here for a print-friendly version of this press release
  • Click here for more infomation on IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements, including access to the standard
  • Read the June 2011 feedback statement on IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements
  • Click here to listen to a podcast introducing IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements
  • Click here to go to the Other Comprehensive Income project page