- Does the new conceptual framework provide adequate concepts for reporting relevant information about performance?
- Accounting in Europe
- Volume | Issue number
- 11 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam Business School Research Institute (ABS-RI)
The basic question we raise in this paper is whether the 2013 Discussion Paper (DP 2013) on the Conceptual Framework provides adequate principles for reporting an entity’s performance and what improvements could be made in light of both user needs and evidence from academic literature. DP 2013 proposes to continue applying a balance sheet approach to financial accounting, whereby the income statement serves as a statement explaining changes in an entity’s financial position. Performance is reduced to a discussion of possible approaches to defining other comprehensive income (OCI) items and recycling. We conclude that the literature supports a more refined approach to communicating relevant attributes of performance, defining performance independently from assets and liabilities and taking into account various relevant disaggregations within profit or loss. We therefore propose a more balanced approach to financial reporting whereby the balance sheet and income statement are treated as equally important and the income statement gives more information about various relevant attributes of performance.
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