A Quick Guide to Impact of COVID 19 on Financial Reporting

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2020 has been a year shaped up by Coronavirus (COVID-19). This pandemic has resulted in widespread economic uncertainty and disruption of businesses across the world. There have been far reaching implications on financial reporting and this may continue for next couple of years. These circumstances potentially present entities with several challenges when preparing their financial statements for year ended 31 March 2021 and subsequent financial results.

This book covers some of the key financial reporting implications that companies need to consider and, also, possible approaches that they may consider to dealing with the same keeping in view the business objectives, financial covenants and the accounting standards.

Key consideration under COVID-19 for financial reporting consist of: asset impairment; inventory valuations and write downs; revenue recognition; debt covenants and debt servicing; lease rental concessions; foreign exchange accounting and losses/gains due to extreme volatility; litigation resulting from contractual defaults, invocation of force majeure clauses and potential exposure; Insurance claims for losses during shutdown period or loss of lives; and going concern.

The Companies shall ensure that they provide sufficient disclosures in the notes to the financial statements with information about the entity that’s useful to existing and potential investors, creditors, lenders, and other stakeholders. This book highlights the existing financial reporting requirements under Companies (Indian Accounting Standards) Rules, 2015 and Companies (Accounting Standards) Rules, 2006 that should be considered when addressing the financial effects of COVID 19 when preparing annual financial statements and possible audit approaches that can be considered relevant.

The role of auditors at this stage would be under increased scrutiny as the auditors have responsibility to complete the audit work in accordance with professional standards and ethics requirements. Under the current circumstances, auditors must recognize that the manner in which they conducted the audits in the past may need significant modification to address the challenges and uncertainties arising out of the impact of COVID-19. Additionally, irrespective of the challenges and uncertainties, there should not be any dilution in the reporting or non-compliance with the auditing standards in carrying out the audits.

This book is an attempt to cover the requirements of the accounting standards and auditing standards, with illustrative examples and COVID-19 related extracts from published financial statements of companies.

The readers would find this book very useful.

Key Highlights

Covering:

  • Key accounting impact, with real-life examples and illustrations, under Ind AS and AS due to COVID-19.
  • Key COVID-19 considerations under auditing standards with real-life examples of KAM/EOM/qualifications in audit reports.
  • Real-life practical examples and extracts from Companies’ financial statements/results.
  • Simple and concise summaries of accounting and auditing literature.

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About Author

CA Santosh Maller

The author is an Associate Chartered Accountant, having secured rank in CA exams, with about 16 years of extensive experience in Accounting, Audit and Assurance fields. He has worked with several diverse companies, Indian and multinational companies, on IFRS and Ind AS GAAP conversion engagements, in India and overseas, in manufacturing, telecom, real estate, shipping and logistics.  He has been a member of IFRS desk/accounting technical professional practice group of a big audit firm for over 8 years. He has had a stint in London, during which he was closely associated with the IFRS standard-setting projects of the International Accounting Standards Board, such as, revenue, leases and financial instruments.

The author has been serving as a special invitee for Ind-AS on the ICAI’s, Accounting Standards Board and has been part of many study groups of the ICAI. He has authored several media articles on Accounting and Valuation and has been an eminent speaker and technical trainer on financial reporting and corporate governance. The author has also authored several other books on Ind AS and taxation.

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