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How to select and apply accounting policies?

On 21 November 2019, the IFRS Foundation published a guide to help companies determine their accounting policies when preparing IFRS financial statements.

IAS 8 Accounting Policies, Changing in Accounting Estimates and Errors specifies the requirements for selecting and applying accounting policies.

In the absence of an IFRS Standard that specifically applies to a transaction, other event or condition, management uses its judgement in developing and applying an accounting policy that results in information that is reliable and relevant to an investor’s economic decision-making needs.

The IASB guide illustrates the following three-step process:


Since financial reporting framework in Singapore is similar to IFRS, the abovementioned three step process can also be used by companies reporting in Singapore under SFRS (I) or FRS