4 February 2016
Mr H. Hoogervorst
International Accounting Standards Board 30 Cannon Street
London EC4M 6XH
Dear Mr Hoogervorst
ED/2015/9 ‘Transfers of investment property’
The Group of 100 (G100) is an organization of chief financial officers from Australia’s largest business enterprises with the purpose of advancing Australia’s financial competitiveness. The G100 is pleased to respond to the ED.
Q1 Proposed amendment
The IASB proposes to amend para 57 of IAS 40 to:
a. state that an entity shall transfer a property to, or from, investment property when, and only when, there is evidence of a change in use. A change in use occurs when the property meets, or ceases to meet, the definition of investment property.
b. Re-characterise the list of circumstances set out in para 57(a)-(d) as a non- exhaustive list of examples of evidence that a change in use has occurred instead of an exhaustive list.
Do you agree? Why or why not?
The G100 believes that it is self-evident that when there is a change of use of an investment property it should no longer be accounted for as much. Accordingly, we support the proposed amendments of para 57. The G100 also supports the proposal to express the examples in paras 57(a)-(d) as a non- exhaustive listing to overcome a drafting anomaly in the present requirements.
Q2 Transition provisions
The IASB proposes retrospective application of the proposed amendment to IAS 40. Do you agree? Why or why not?
The G100 supports the retrospective application of the proposed amendments consistent with IAS 8 ‘Accounting Estimates and Errors’.
Group of 100 Inc