The receipt of government grants/assistance by an entity may be significant for the preparation of the financial statements for two reasons. Firstly, if resources have been transferred, an appropriate method of accounting for the transfer must be found. Secondly, it is desirable to give an indication of the extent to which the entity has benefited from such assistance during the reporting period. This facilitates comparison of an entity’s financial statements with those of prior periods and with those of other entities.
IAS 20 is applied in accounting for, and in the disclosure of, government grants and in the disclosure of other forms of government assistance.
Government grants are sometimes called by other names such as subsidies, subventions or premiums.… Read more