Myths about Deferred tax

There are many myths about what deferred tax is. As a result, many companies do not understand what information about deferred tax can tell investors. Thus, companies typically present that information in a technical way that investors find difficult to understand. Consequently, most investors dismiss that information as an uninteresting technicality and they ignore it.… Continue reading Myths about Deferred tax

Emission trading schemes: a fresh look

The most difficult question in accounting for emission trading schemes is deciding what to do with emission trading certificates received free of charge. Does the recipient have a liability on day 1? If not, should it recognise an immediate gain? Previous answers to this question have been unconvincing because they did not reflect the nature… Continue reading Emission trading schemes: a fresh look

The close link between rights and obligations

The Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting defines an asset in a way that refers to a right.1 It defines a liability in a way that refers to an obligation. The two definitions are interlinked more deeply than a superficial reading may suggest. Because one definition relies on the concept of a right, it is no… Continue reading The close link between rights and obligations