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Accounting Policies CA Foundation Notes

Accounting Policies– CA Foundation, CPT notes, PDF

This article is about the Accounting Policies for CA foundation CPT students. we also provide pdf file at the end.

Accounting Policies

Accounting Policies

5.1 MEANING OF ACCOUNTING POLICY:

♦     The accounting policies refer to –

■     the specific accounting principles and

■     the methods of applying those principles

♦     Adopted by the enterprise in the preparation and presentation of financial statements.

♦     Management has to select, follow & disclose Accounting policies which it followed in preparation & presentation of financial statements, out of the different alternatives which may be permissible.

♦     Ex.: Write off Depreciation by SLM or WDV, Value inventory cost by FIFO or Weighted Av.

♦     Further Examples of Accounting Policies: (a) Recognition of contract revenue by % of completion method (b) Treatment of Goodwill (c) Valuation of Investments (d) Provision for Retirement benefits etc.

The preparation of financial statements is the responsibility of the management of an enterprise. This includes selecting appropriate accounting policies and applying them consistently from one period to another.

5.2 REQUIREMENTS OF AS-1 DISCLOSURE OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES:

For a proper understanding of financial statements, all significant accounting policies adopted in the preparation and presentation of financial statements should be disclosed.

♦     Disclose all significant policies adopted in the preparation & presentation of financial statements preferably at one place.

♦     The primary consideration in the selection of accounting policies by an enterprise is that:

■     the financial statements prepared and presented on the basis of such accounting policies should represent a true and fair view of the financial position & performance.

♦     The major considerations governing the selection and application of accounting policies are:

■     prudence, substance over form and materiality. (Refer to Chapter 2)

♦     If any fundamental accounting assumption is not followed – (Going concern, Consistency or Accrual) Refer Chapter 2 – disclosure of the same in financial statements is required.

5.3 SOME EXAMPLES OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES:

Areas in Which Differing Accounting Policies are Encountered:

AreasDiffering Accounting Policies possible
Methods of depreciation, depletion, and amortizationThe straight-line method, Written down value method
Treatment of expenditure during constructionCapitalize, expense, treat as deferred revenue expenditure
Valuation of inventoriesDifferent cost formulas FIFO, Weighted average cost. etc.
Treatment of goodwillAmortize, do not amortize
Valuation of investmentsCost, lower of cost and fair value, fair value
Recognition of profit on long-term contractsPercentage of completion method, completed contract method, different ways of measuring the percentage of completion
Valuation of fixed assetsCosts less depreciation, costs, Costs less depreciation less impairment
Treatment of contingent liabilities.Make provision, disclosures only

The above list is not exhaustive and the alternatives referred are not necessarily permitted by AS.

5.4 CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES:

Changes are permitted:

As per AS-5: Net Profit or loss for the period, Prior period items & Changes in accounting policy

♦     To comply with law

♦     To comply with an accounting standard

♦     To give better information and true & fair picture

5.5 DISCLOSURE TO BE MADE WHENEVER CHANGE TAKES PLACE:

♦     Any change in an accounting policy that has a material effect should be disclosed.

♦     Reason for change, which can be any of the above.

♦     The amount by which any item in the financial statements is affected by such change should also be disclosed.

♦     This disclosure is necessary as a change in accounting policy violates the fundamental accounting assumption of consistency.

♦     Where such amount is not ascertainable, wholly or in part, the fact should be indicated.

♦     If such change has no material effect on the financial statements for the current period but is reasonably expected to do so in the later periods, the fact of such change should be appropriately disclosed in the period in which the change is adopted.

5.6 EXAMPLES OF CHANGE IN ACCOUNTING POLICY:

  1. Change from the straight-line method of depreciation to the WDV method.
  2. Making provision for doubtful debts on the basis of age analysis rather than ad-hoc provision.
  3. Change from completed contract method to percentage of completion method to account for construction to comply with AS-7(Revised)
  4. Changes in the method of measurement of the percentage of completion as at the balance sheet date.
  5. Change in method of amortization of intangible assets to reflect the revised pattern benefits from it.
  6. The re-estimating residual value of the leased asset.
  7. Change from LIFO to FIFO method of ascertaining the cost of inventory when AS-2 was revised.

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