The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has proposed narrow-scope amendments to International Accounting Standards (IAS) 16 Property, Plant and Equipment. IAS 16 provides principles for recognition and measurement (initial & subsequent) of items of Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE) as assets. The proposed amendments include modification to the definition of directly attributable costs as cited in the para 17 of IAS 16.
As per clause (e) of para 17, directly attributable costs include costs of functionality testing of assets after deducting the net sale proceeds from items produced while bringing the asset to the location & condition necessary for it to be capable of operating in the manner as intended by the management.
Now, IASB has proposed amendments to the above component of directly attributable cost. As per the amendment, the net sale proceeds from such items produced should not be deducted from the costs of functionality testing of assets. To establish principle for treatment of such sale proceeds, a new para 20A has been proposed to be added to IAS 16.
According to the proposed new para 20A, the proceeds from selling such items produced while bringing the asset to that location & condition and production costs of such items should be recognised to profit or loss as per respective IAS/IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).
The above amendments have been proposed to reduce diversity in application of para 17 of IAS 16. These amendments would be applied both prospectively and retrospectively. An entity shall apply these amendments retrospectively only to the items property, plant & equipment brought to use as intended by the management only in the year in which the entity first applies these amendments. The Exposure Draft of proposed amendments would be open for public comment until October 19, 2017.