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The new standards apply if your turnover is under £10.2m.

Yesterday (19 February) the FRC launched a consultation on three financial reporting exposure drafts (FREDs) that make amendments to UK GAAP and base them on the FRS 102 framework:

  • FRED 58 Draft FRS 105 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable to the Micro-entities Regime
  • FRED 59 Draft amendments to FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland – Small entities and other minor amendments
  • FRED 60 Draft amendments to FRS 100 Application of Financial Reporting Requirements and FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework.

The key changes proposed in the three FREDs include:

  • the withdrawal of the FRSSE for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016
  • a new accounting standard for micro-entities (FRS 105) based on FRS 102
  • new recognition and measurement requirements for other small entities outlined in a new section of FRS 102 but with reduced presentation and disclosure requirements compared to the full standard
  • greater flexibility in relation to the format of the profit and loss account and balance sheet in FRS 101, allowing the use of IFRS-based presentation requirements similar to those used for group accounts.

The proposals are intended to be effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016, with early application permitted for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015.

Companies qualifying as small under the increased Companies Act thresholds (Turnover £10.2m, Balance Sheet total £5.1m, employees 50) will therefore be able to apply FRS 102 for small entities from 1 January 2015 rather than apply full FRS 102.

Each FRED includes a number of consultation questions relating to specific issues on which the FRC is particularly interested in receiving comments from stakeholders.

Some of the most significant questions are:

  • should the small entities section of FRS 102 include different recognition and measurement criteria from those applicable to larger entities?
  • should FRS 105 for micro-entities use the same language and terminology of FRS 102?
  • is the level of simplification in FRS 105 compared to FRS 102 appropriate?
  • is it appropriate mandate the expensing of borrowing and development costs in FRS 105?

Article contributed by ACCA In Practice