First Notes - 18 May 2015

First Notes - 18 May 2015

The ICAI issues a guidance note on accounting for derivative contracts

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There has been some lack of guidance on the accounting for derivative contracts and hedging activities. In order to bring uniformity of practice in accounting for derivative contracts by various entities in India, on 12 May 2015, the ICAI issued a guidance note of accounting for derivative contracts (guidance note). 
 
This guidance note provides guidance on recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure for derivative contracts. The guidance note does not deal with macro-hedging and accounting for non-derivative financial assets/liabilities which are designated as hedging instruments since its objective is to provide guidance on accounting for derivative contracts only and not hedge accounting in its entirety.
 
The guidance note is an interim measure (till Ind AS 109, Financial Instruments is applicable) to provide recommendatory guidance on accounting for derivative contracts and hedging activities considering the lack of mandatory guidance in this regard with a view to bring about uniformity of practice in accounting for derivative contracts by various entities. For certain entities that do not require to move to Ind AS, this guidance note may have an enduring impact.
 
The guidance note also provides illustrative examples for application of the guidance note. It becomes applicable for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 April 2016. Early voluntary adoption is encouraged.
 
This issue of First Notes highlights the key aspects of the guidance note issued by the ICAI. For the text of the guidance note issued by the ICAI, please click here.

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