Differences in account keeping according to IFRS vs CAS, part 2

Published:
9. March 2021
Author:
  • Martina Hůlová
  • Martina Švecová
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In the first part of the article, we discussed the general approaches to account keeping and financial reporting according to the Czech and the international financial reporting standards. Now we will focus on specific selected areas of accounting, the treatment of which differs in the two accounting frameworks, and we will try to provide you with the basic information about the differences between these frameworks. We will deal with the following areas: non-current assets, lease, inventory, financial assets and reserves.

Accounting rules

  • Act no. 563/1991 Coll., on accounting (hereinafter “the accounting act” or “AA”).
  • Decree no. 500/2002 Coll., implementing some stipulations of act no. 563/1991 Coll., on accounting,
    as amended, for accounting entities, which are entrepreneurs using double-entry accounting (hereinafter “the decree”).
  • Czech accounting standards for entrepreneurs (hereinafter “the Czech Accounting Standards” or “CAS”).

Non-current tangible and intangible assets

The basic information on non-current assets is stated in CAS no. 13 – Non-current intangible and tangible assets. Further, article 6 and 7 of the decree list items that are considered non-current assets. According to the accounting act, non-current assets are valuated at acquisition cost, replacement cost or own cost. This non-current asset is depreciated and a potential lowering of accounting value is reported by means of provisioning. Act no. 586/1992 Coll., on income taxes then stipulates a limit (the so-called entry price) for non-current tangible and intangible assets at CZK 40,000 and CZK 60,000, which the accounting entity may then adjust for the purposes of account keeping
by means of an internal guideline. Further, non-current assets must have a useful life longer than one year (with the exception of buildings).

IAS 16 – Plots, buildings and equipment – and IAS 38 – Intangible assets – permits reporting non-current assets only if it is probable that future economic benefits attributable to the asset will go to the company,
and if it is possible to reliably express the costs related to acquisition of the non-current asset. Non-current assets are valuated at acquisition cost or the cost of creating the asset if created by own activity. For reporting non-current assets, the model of acquisition costs is used (with provisioning) or the model of revaluation to fair value (revaluation upwards is reported in favour of the revaluation fund account, a lowering of the value of the asset is entered into costs). A major difference compared to the Czech Accounting Standards is that the IFRS also include costs, which will accrue with the given asset in future, in the acquisition price. These include for example the costs of dismantling the asset or restoration of a place (in case of rent) expressed in current value.

Since 2018, research costs are not considered intangible assets according to the decree or the IAS 38 and they are included in costs as incurred.

Financial lease

Financial lease is one of the forms of financing non-current assets. According to act no. 89/2012 Coll., the Civil Code, this means the owner (a lease company) lets the tenant use the asset against remuneration. Upon entering in a contract, an option needs to be arranged that after the agreed period of lease, the owner will transfer the ownership right to the object of financial lease to the user for a purchase price. The duration of lease must not be shorter than the minimum period of depreciation of the given material asset according to the income tax act (for assets belonging to groups 2 to 6, this period is shortened by 6 months) and the purchase price must be higher than the tax residual value of the asset in case of linear depreciation (this condition does not apply for 100 % depreciated assets). If the above-mentioned conditions are not met, the financial lease immediately becomes classic lease of an asset due to tax effects.

In the Czech Republic, an object of financial lease is captured in the assets of the owner (a leas company), although all rights and obligations related to the object of the lease are transferred to the user. Nothing is recorded in the balance sheet of the user of the object on connection to the lease (or in some cases the value of advance payment paid to the user may be recorded in some cases) and he only enters the individual lease instalments accrued during the entire duration of the lease into costs. It is necessary, however, to realise the complication that arises of the lease company needs to physically verify the existence of its assets. This may sometimes be very problematic.

The problem is resolved by IFRS number 16, which differentiates between financial lease with similar conditions as those we mentioned above and operating lease or lease. In financial lease, the leased asset is reported by the user in his assets. The lessor (lease company) reports receivables incurring from financial lease in its asset, in the amount equally net financial investment in the lease (i.e. the sum, for which they bought the object of financial lease).

Operating lease

Operating lease is understood to mean short-term lease, for which no change of ownership is expected. The leased item is passed on to the lessor again after the lease has ended. In the Czech Republic, the costs of operating lease on the part of the lessee are entered into costs attributed to account group 51 – services, which are fully tax-eligible (on the conditions of proving their use for the purpose of achieving, ensuring and maintaining income). The lessor records the lease asset among his assets and records revenues from lease. He bears the costs of servicing the asset in relation to its operation, among other things.

The novelty since 2019 is an amendment of the IFRS 16, which enables activation of operating lease under certain conditions and its subsequent depreciation by the user of the lease. At the beginning of the lease relation, the accounting entity assessed, if the contract is of the nature of operating lease or contains lease. A contract is of the nature lease or contains lease, if it transfers the right of controlling the use of the identified asset for a definite period of duration in exchange for consideration.

Inventory

According to CAS no.15, inventory includes material, unfinished production and semi-finished products, products, goods and others. It is valuated at acquisition cost (acquisition price) or own cost, if created at the company by own production. According to the current version of the decree, the acquisition price includes costs related to the acquisition, with the exception of interests from loans, exchange differences, contractual fines, late payment interests and other sanctions. The value of inventory is lowered by provisioning in case of the selling price lowered by costs related to sale is lower than the price used in the accounting for its valuation.

IAS 2 valuates inventory on the level of the lower sum between acquisition costs and net realizable value. The latter is understood to mean a selling price estimated in advance in common business lowered by the estimated costs of completion and the costs related to the realisation of sale. If the company buys inventory with deferred
due date of payment, the difference between purchase price of the inventory and the paid amount is reported as interest cost for the duration of the period of financing.

Financial assets

In Czech accounting standards, acquisition of financial assets is valuated at acquisition price. The acquisition cost includes direct costs related to the acquisition, mainly
fees for brokers, stock exchanges, and consultants. Again, interests from loans for the acquisition and costs related to possessing a security or interest are not part of the acquisition price.

In the Czech Republic, we differentiate between the following basic types of financial assets:

  • Securities and interests of controlled parties or parties under significant influence are held as of balance sheet date at acquisition price with the expression of lowering of value using provisioning as cost in the current period or valuated using the equivalence method. Changes in value using equivalence method are attributed to a balance sheet account in account group 41.
  • Securities intended by the accounting entity for trading with the aim of achieving profit from price differences in the short term are valuated at fair value through profit or loss.
  • Debt securities held until maturity are valuated at acquisition price and not revaluated while held.
  • Available-for-sale securities and interests (without knowing the intention) are valuated at fair value through balance sheet accounts in account group 41.

The international standards, more specifically the IFRS 9, divide financial assets into several groups according to the following criteria:

  • Revaluation to fair value through equity – other comprehensive income: these are mainly capital investments.
  • Revaluation to fair value through profit or loss: for financial derivatives, capital investments held for trading and financial assets held for trading for the purpose of achieving profit from price differences in the short term.
  • Residual value: for financial assets held with the intention of achieving guaranteed financial flow and the accounting entity is not using the so-called “fair value option” (revaluation to fair value through profit or loss).

Reserves

According to the AA, reserves represent current debt, which results from some past event. Reserves are created to cover liabilities or costs, the nature of which is clearly defined and which are probable or certain
to occur as of balance sheet date, but their amount of the time they incurred is not certain. An example of reserve, according to the AA, is a reserve for repair of tangible assets, reserve for pensions and similar liabilities, reserve for the income tax act and other reserves. A reserve is also often created for unused leave from work and a reserve for legal disputes.

The difference between Czech accounting and the IFRS consists in the facts for creating a reserve. According to the IFRS, a reserve is understood to mean a liability (contractual or non-contractual) with an uncertain amount or accrual. When deciding if a reserve is to be reported, contingency of a liability is being considered. A contingent liability is a probable liability depending on a future event, as well as an existing liability with improbable performance or reliable specification of the amount of the liability.
The following diagram provides help when deciding if to create a reserve, contingent liability, or to do nothing:           

   Diagram: Reserves and contingent liabilities

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   Source: International Accounting Standard Board, annex to IAS 37

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The IFRS, for example, does not enable creating a reserve for repair of tangible assets and a reserve for unused leave from work. Accounting reserves according to the IAS 37 are created mainly in the following areas:

  • Future financial or non-financial performance – there is a current liability resulting from a past event, outflow of cash is probable and the calculation of the reserve is reliable (if the outflow of cash is not sufficiently probable or the calculation is not sufficiently reliable, the accounting entity will create a contingent liability). An example may be a reserve for warranty repair, cleaning up plots, liquidation of an asset or provided guarantee.
  • Unfavourable contracts – if the accounting entity has entered into a contract, which has become unfavourable for the entity, the amount of the reserve will be reported in the amount of the current debt incurring from the contract
  • Restructuring – after having met the criteria for recognition of the reserve


Conclusion

In this article, we have summarised selected differences in accounting according to the IFRS and the CAS. The topic is far more extensive and complex, though, than summarise in this article. If you find yourself in a situation, where you are dealing with similar situations or difficult transactions according to the IFRS or the CAS and
need help, please, do not hesitate to turn to use and we will be happy to find the right solution to the given situation.

 

Author: Martina Hůlová, Martina Švecová