ASBJ, EFRAG and OIC release Discussion Paper “Should Goodwill Still Not Be Amortised? – Accounting and Disclosure for Goodwill”
22 July 2014
Request for comments
The ASBJ, EFRAG and OIC jointly publish the Discussion Paper “Should Goodwill Still Not Be Amortised? – Accounting and Disclosure for Goodwill”, to contribute to the global discussion of how goodwill should be accounted for and disclosed.
Under IFRS, goodwill arising from a business combination is not amortised but subject to an annual impairment test. There has been a long debate on the strengths and weaknesses of the impairment-only model. In view of the increased attention from constituents, and the ongoing post-implementation review of IFRS 3, members of the board member and staff from the ASBJ, EFRAG and the OIC formed a Research Group to study issues relating to accounting and disclosure requirements of acquired goodwill set forth in IFRS 3 Business Combinations and IAS 36 Impairment of Assets and developed a Discussion Paper (DP) to seek public comments. Based on the work to date, the ASBJ, EFRAG, and the OIC reached the view that the paper would stimulate useful debate. The views presented in the DP are those of the Research Group’s only.
In this DP, the Research Group explores possible approaches to remedy the shortcomings that constituents identified by considering one or a combination of the following: (a) changing the accounting requirements of goodwill, (b) improving the requirements for impairment testing, and (c) improving the disclosure requirements in IAS 36. As a result of its analysis, the Research Group concluded that reintroduction of amortisation of goodwill would be appropriate.
The ASBJ, EFRAG and OIC plans to share the feedback received in relevant meetings including the meeting of the Accounting Standards Advisory Forum meeting scheduled in September 2014. Accordingly, we invite comments on each of questions in the DP. We would appreciate it if comments would be sent before 20 September 2014 to either firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail) or to +81-3-5510-2717 (facsimile).
Considering the feedback received, the ASBJ, EFRAG and OIC decided to extend the comment deadline on the Discussion Paper (DP) “Should Goodwill Still Not Be Amortised? – Accounting and Disclosure for Goodwill” until 30 November 2014.
The Discussion Paper comment period ended on 30 November 2014.
All comments will be on the public record and posted on websites unless the respondent specifically requests confidentiality. In light of the objective of contributing to the global discussion on goodwill, we would appreciate receiving comments in English. If we receive comments in Japanese, please be advised that all or part of comments received may be translated into English for that purpose.
The Research Group hopes that this DP will help stimulate the discussion of the matters, and plans to share the feedback received on the DP with the IASB and other relevant bodies and to consider further improvements in this area.