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  • Aug 13, 2021
  • ICAI to come out with 8 new forensic accounting, investigation standards

    Chartered accountants’ apex body ICAI will come out with eight new forensic accounting and investigation standards, whereby forensic auditors will be required to issue a precise and unambiguous report, sources close to the development said.

    Under the new accounting standards, auditors will be required to follow stiff norms while conducting forensic audit, they said.
    The new forensic audit standards are likely to render several existing forensic audit reports untenable, especially where lenders have used ambiguous and inconclusive reports to classify borrower loan accounts as fraud.

    These are part of eight new forensic accounting and investigation standard (FAIS) proposed by the institute’s Digital Accounting and Assurance Board. These proposals will be placed for final approval on Friday.

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) had earlier issued 13 FAIS.

    The sources said that governing council of ICAI is meeting on Friday to approve the new forensic audit and investigation standards. As a part of the new accounting standards, forensic auditor will be required to issue a precise and unambiguous report.

    Further, such report is also required to be backed by reliable evidence and relevant documents collected by the auditor in line with the requirements of FAIS to support its conclusions.

  • Jul 20, 2021
  • Relief to small companies: Relaxations in compliance with accounting standards

    The government, in continuation of its theme as regards ease of doing business, has increased the limits for classification as Small & Medium Sized (SMC) companies. The objective is to reduce the compliance burden and the time required to prepare the financial statements. As a result of this notification, a significant number of companies would be covered in the definition of the SMC companies.

    These amendments follow the recent changes made by the government to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 wherein the upper cap of turnover for the purpose of registration was enhanced for micro, small and medium enterprises.
    The limits were not amended from many years and considering the overall growth in the economy it was imperative that the limits need to be increased. The benefit of this amendment would be available to a large number of companies.

  • Jun 24, 2021
  • Govt notifies accounting standards for small, medium businesses under Companies Act, 2013

    The government has notified the accounting standards for small and medium companies that revise the turnover and borrowing limits as well as help in making disclosure requirements less onerous. Besides, the definition of Small and Medium Sized Companies (SMCs) under the standards has been revised.

    The Companies (Accounting Standards) Rules, 2021 have been notified by the corporate affairs ministry under the Companies Act, 2013. The latest notification mirrors the accounting standards that were in force under the Companies Act, 1956, which is no more there, according to a senior official. Among the changes, the revised definition of MSMEs has been included, the official added.

  • Jun 21, 2021
  • Govt amends rules pertaining to Indian Accounting Standards

    The government has amended rules pertaining to various Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS), including those related to interest rate benchmark reform. Ind AS are converged with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

    On Friday, the corporate affairs ministry notified the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2021. The changes have been made after consultations with the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA).

    Sandip Khetan, Partner and National Leader, Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) at EY India, said the ministry has issued the second phase amendments to interest rate benchmark reform and "has consequently made amendments to Ind AS 109, Ind AS 107, Ind AS 104 and Ind AS 116".

  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Forensic accounting standards have adequate flexibility to address unique situations: ICAI

    The forensic accounting and investigation standards have “adequate flexibility to address unique situations” and will ensure uniformity in forensic audits carried out by financial institutions, according to chartered accountants’ apex body ICAI.

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has issued 13 Forensic Accounting and Investigation Standards (FAIS). There are also three overarching documents. These have been issued by the institute’s Digital Accounting and Assurance Board.
    ICAI President Nihar N Jambusaria told PTI that another eight standards are in the pipeline.

    Forensic audits play a key role in assessing the financial health of institutions, especially banks and their loan portfolios.

    When asked whether the standards will help in ensuring uniformity in forensic audits conducted by banks and other financial institutions, Jambusaria replied in the affirmative.

  • Mar 14, 2020
  • RBI issues guidelines for Ind AS implementation by NBFCs, ARCs

    The Reserve Bank on Friday came out with regulatory guidelines for implementation of Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) by non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) while preparing their financial results.

    The guidelines, which are aimed at promoting high quality and consistent implementation of Ind AS as well as facilitate comparison and better supervision, will be applicable to NBFCs and ARCs for preparations of their financial results from FY20 onwards, RBI said in a notification.


    The guidelines mandate NBFCs/ARCs to put in place board-approved policies that clearly articulate and document their business models and portfolios.

    NBFCs/ARCs shall frame their policy for sales out of amortised cost business model portfolios and disclose the same in their notes to financial statements.

    "The RBI expects the board of directors to approve sound methodologies for computation of expected credit losses (ECL) that address policies, procedures and controls for assessing and measuring credit risk on all lending exposures, commensurate with the size, complexity and risk profile specific to the NBFC/ARC," the guidelines said.

    The audit committee of the board (ACB) will have to approve the classification of accounts that are due beyond 90 days but not treated as impaired, with the rationale for the same clearly documented.

  • Apr 06, 2018
  • In a big relief to banks, RBI defers Ind AS implementation by a year

    Call this manna from heaven for the banking sector that is faced with the bad loans mess and weak balance sheets, especially in the public sector. Coming to the rescue of banks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday decided to defer implementation of Indian Accounting Standards, popularly known as Ind AS, by one year, in respect of scheduled commercial banks. Ind AS is a set of accounting norms developed by Indian authorities, which converge with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

  • Mar 30, 2018
  • Government notifies new accounting standard, effective April 1

    Companies will have to adopt more detailed revenue recognition ways from April 1 as the government has notified a new accounting standard. The Corporate Affairs Ministry has notified Indian Accounting Standard (Ind AS) 115 which would be effective from the new financial year, starting Sunday. According to experts, Ind AS 115 will help in a more transparent accounting of revenues and have an impact on companies operating in diverse sectors, including technology, real estate and telecom.

  • Jul 05, 2017
  • Adoption of Ind AS by insurers deferred till 2020-21

    The Insurance Regulator and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has deferred the implementation of Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) by insurance companies till 2020-21.Rule 4 of the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) (Amendment) Rules 2016 states that “the Banking Companies and Insurance Companies shall apply the Ind AS as notified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA), respectively.This empowers IRDAI to have a regulatory override and notify an exclusive date for implementation of new accounting standards by insurers.It may be noted that many other global corporates such as Dr Reddy’s have already implemented Ind AS along with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

  • Jun 28, 2017
  • New accounting standard may hit banks' lending to infra, realty firms

    The adoption of the new Indian Accounting Standards (IndAS) might compel banks to cut down on the quantum of loans they dole out to companies. IndAS will result in a change in the debt-to-equity ratios of companies as capital structures and financial instruments get reclassified, increasing debts and compelling banks to reassess the way they lend to companies, particularly in sectors such as power, infrastructure and real estate. “Banks and financial institutions will have to consider how IndAS has potentially changed the balance sheets of companies.

  • Oct 12, 2016
  • Integrating accounting standards with the world

    The Ministry of Corporate Affairs mandated the implementation of Indian Accounting Standards (Ind-AS) to align with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from the first quarter of financial year 2016-17. In a study of 600-plus companies, accounting firm Grant Thornton found that the adoption of Ind-AS reduced the June 2015 net profit by 1.4 per cent for the universe.

  • Sep 23, 2016
  • Pharma companies benefit, infrastructure lose out due to Ind AS

    As India Inc adapted the new accounting standards, Ind AS, there was a jump in net income of pharma companies and increased losses of infrastructure companies in their first quarter results, according to a research report by PwC.
    Most of the listed companies saw an impact on how they account for taxes and deal with their financial instruments, mainly foreign borrowings, due to the new accounting methodology.

  • Sep 16, 2016
  • India Inc adheres to new accounting format

    Most listed companies that are part of the BSE 500 index managed to file results for the quarter ended June under the new Indian Accounting Standard or Ind-AS, the extended deadline for which ended on Thursday. However, some outside the top 500 failed to file their numbers within the stipulated deadline citing “practical difficulties”.

  • Aug 30, 2016
  • Ind AS to induce fluctuations in financial statements

    Capital goods and infrastructure are among the sectors that are likely to be most impacted by the switch to the new Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS), which is expected to induce volatility in corporate financial statements, says a Crisil report. The rating agency, which surveyed 80 firms rated by it, found that the difference in reported profit in comparison to Indian GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) was in excess of 5 per cent for one-third of the firms.

  • Aug 29, 2016
  • New a/c rules to hit FMCG firms' revenues

    Ind-AS, the new accounting standards that came into effect from April 1, might squeeze the revenues of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies by up to eight per cent in 2016-17.The key cause is deduction of sales promotion expenditure from the revenue figure, hitherto part of the profit & loss (P&L) statement under the earlier IGAAP accounting norms.

  • Aug 26, 2016
  • Indian Railways set to move from surplus/shortfalls to profit/loss; here’s how

    Moving a step closer to a corporate-like presentation of its financial numbers, Indian Railways, which has always fought shy of recognising profits and losses and merely talked about surpluses/shortfalls, has made its entire northwest zone shift to accrual-based accounting. It had earlier launched the system on a pilot basis for the rail coach factory in Kapurthala in the zone.

  • Aug 22, 2016
  • Decoding Ind-AS impact on India Inc's balance sheet

    Adoption of the new accounting standard under the Ind-AS framework had an impact on some of the key financial reporting parameters of corporate India. A study by Protiviti, a risk-consulting and internal audit firm, of FY17 first-quarter results of around 125 companies shows the manufacturing and information technology sectors had to make the highest number of accounting adjustments under Ind-AS, followed by telecommunications, mining/metals and the energy sectors.

  • Aug 11, 2016
  • Listed companies get relaxation on Ind AS compliance

    To ensure smooth transition, Sebi today said certain relaxations would be provided to listed companies for submitting their financial statements that are compliant with the new accounting norms.Already, the regulator has allowed companies to continue following the existing accounting norms till December 31, 2016.

  • Jul 12, 2016
  • India to bid good bye to its ‘old’ financial year in 2018?

    India may make the calendar year, instead of April-March, as its new financial year from as early as 2018 as part of its efforts to align the accounting system with the most prevalent practice in the world, sources said.The move is part of three major budget-related initiatives including merger of railway budget with the general budget (likely in 2017-18), and dropping of Plan and non-Plan distinction (certainly from 2017-18) in allocation of resources, an official said.

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