What's in the new IFRS 15?
- A five-step model is applied to determine when to recognise revenue, and at what amount.
- Revenue is recognised when (or as) a company transfers control of goods or services to a customer at the amount to which the company expects to be entitled.
- Depending on whether certain criteria are met, revenue is recognised either over time, in a manner that best reflects the company’s performance, or at a point in time, when control of the goods or services is transferred to the customer
The 5-step model in the standard requires companies to:
- Identify the contract(s) with a customer
- Identify the performance obligations in the contract
- Determine the transaction price
- Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract
- Recognize revenue when or as the entity satisfies a performance obligation
Importantly, all companies will be subject to extensive new disclosure requirements. The standard also provides guidance on accounting for costs to obtain and costs to fulfill contracts with customers, which may change the timing of recognition for those costs
The impacts may be felt across the organization
- Revenue recognition may be accelerated or deferred
- Sales and contracting content and processes may be reconsidered
- IT systems may need to be updated or new modules added to calculate revenue
- Accounting processes and internal controls will need to be changed and documented
- Extensive new disclosures will be required, including the expected timing and amounts of future revenues
- Revisions may be needed to tax planning, covenant compliance and sales incentive plans
- Expected impacts leading up to adoption and changes reported upon transition will need to be explained to internal and external stakeholders.
Sector specific challenges of IFRS 15
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