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Interpretation and Application of IPSAS

Interpretation and Application of IPSAS

Caroline Aggestam-Pontoppidan, Isabelle Andernack

ISBN: 978-1-119-01029-6 February 2016 464 Pages


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Clear, practical IPSAS guidance, explanation, and examples

Interpretation and Application of IPSAS provides practical guidance on the implementation and application of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards. This book brings readers up to date on the standards, and describes their proper interpretation and real-world application. Examples and mini-case studies clarify the standards' roles throughout, giving readers a better understanding of complex processes, especially where the IPSAS deviate from IFRS. Readers also gain insight into smoothly navigating the transition for a public sector entity, which is moving to either IPSAS under accrual basis of accounting or to cash accounting IPSAS, plus an overview of IPSAS adoption status and methods around the world.

Global public sector accounting is highly diversified, resulting in ongoing moves to harmonise standards worldwide. The IPSAS are international standards that largely follow the IFRS model, but differ in some key areas and include standards in places where IFRS has none. This book provides complete guidance to IPSAS, with clear explanation and expert insight.

  • Understand the meaning and role of each standard
  • Apply the standards to real-world scenarios
  • Manage the process of transition to IPSAS

These standards are meant to be followed by all public sector entities, including national and regional governments and local authorities. They've been adopted by the UN, NATO, the European Commission, and others, and either have been or soon will be adopted in Malaysia, Switzerland, Spain, and more.

Foreword vii

Acknowledgements ix

About the Authors xi

List of IPSAS with Corresponding IFRS xiii

List of IPSAS with Brief Description xv

Part 1 Introducing Public Sector Accounting

1 Introduction 3

2 Why Converge Public Sector Accounting Practices? 11

3 The IPSASB 17

Part 2 Accrual-based IPSAS

4 The IPSASB Conceptual Framework and Key Accrual Accounting Concepts 35

5 Financial Statements 55

6 Disclosure Standards 109

7 Long-Term (Non-Current) Assets 123

8 Current Assets 167

9 Service Concession Arrangements: Grantor 175

10 Leases and Leasing Arrangements 187

11 Revenues and Expenses 207

12 Employee Benefits, Social Benefits, and Other Liabilities 243

13 Provisions and Contingencies 257

14 Budget Reporting 271

15 Financial Instruments 285

16 Consolidations and Strategic Investments 307

17 Specific Standards: Accounting for Agriculture and Accounting in Hyperinflation Economies 327

18 Recommended Practice Guidelines (RPGs) 339

Part 3 Cash-Based IPSAS

19 Cash Basis IPSAS 351

Part 4 Making the Transition to IPSAS and Closing

20 Making the Transition to IPSAS 375

Conclusion 407

Annex 1: Brief Description of IPSAS 409

Annex 2: Key Characteristics of Public Sector Entities 413

Annex 3: Employee Benefits: An Overview of the Key Principles 415

Annex 4: Appendix to Chapter 21. Transition to IPSAS. Case Example: Iceland IPSAS Implementation Plan 417

Bibliography 425