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IAASA sets out some key considerations for companies when preparing their 2021 financial statements

IAASA, Ireland’s accounting enforcer, has today published its annual Observations paper highlighting some significant topics that those charged with governance should consider when preparing their financial statements for 2021. 

IAASA’s paper highlights some key areas that warrant close scrutiny by those preparing, approving and auditing 2021 financial statements in the upcoming reporting season including: 

  • alternative performance measures; and

Against the backdrop of an uncertain economic landscape, IAASA expects companies to provide entity specific and comprehensive disclosures that enable the users of their financial reports to understand:

  1. the impact that these events have had on their financial performance, financial position, cash flows and risks;
  1. the sources of estimation uncertainty and changes in the key assumptions underpinning assets, liabilities, income, expenses and cash flows;
  1. the actions taken to respond to Brexit, the pandemic and climate change; and
  1. the expected impact on future financial performance, financial position, cash flows, and risks.

This 2021 Observations paper is addressed primarily to the preparers, approvers and auditors of financial statements. However, IAASA believes that it may also be beneficial to the users of financial statements and may assist them in understanding the significant judgements made by companies in preparing their financial statements.  The paper seeks to highlight matters users may wish to be aware of and focus on when reviewing 2021 financial statements. 

IAASA’s financial reporting review remit extends only to companies with securities admitted to trading on a regulated market (principally the Main Market of Euronext Dublin), the topics identified in the 2021 Observations paper could usefully be taken into consideration by a much wider range of companies with the aim of producing high quality financial reports more generally and increasing the transparency and usefulness of financial statements for users.

The 2021 Observations paper may be accessed here

IAASA’s Observations papers from earlier years may be accessed here.