The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) issues accounting standards and other guidance relating to the financial reporting needs of national, regional and local governments, governmental agencies, and the constituencies they serve. The International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs) and Recommended Practice Guidelines (RPGs) issued by the IPSASB form a comprehensive set of authoritative international financial reporting standards and guidance for governments and other public sector entities. IPSASs exist to improve the quality of general purpose financial reporting by public sector entities, leading to better informed assessments of resource allocation decisions made by governments and other agencies, thereby increasing transparency and accountability.
Many IPSASs are largely consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), which are issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The IPSASB adapts IFRS to a public sector context when appropriate. In undertaking that process, the IPSASB attempts, wherever possible, to maintain the accounting treatment and original text of the IFRS unless there is a significant public sector issue which warrants a departure. Other standards have been developed to meet issues specific to the public sector, such as non-exchange transactions.
Some countries have adopted IPSAS accruals accounting. Others have adopted the Cash Basis IPSAS as a first step towards accruals accounting. The European Commission (EC), the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) all apply IPSASs. The United Nations (including all their agencies) have nearly completed transition to IPSASs.
This ten-day course provides a comprehensive review of the requirements for preparing financial statements and disclosures under accrual basis IPSASs. The program fully reflects the latest standards including those that become mandatory in 2020 and 2021.
IPSAS requirements will be explained in clear, simple language and illustrated with model financial statements and real-world examples. Application of the various standards is illustrated through the use of short case studies. Delegates also receive an overview of the IPSASB’s current Work Plan, including Exposure Drafts and Consultation Papers.
In addition to a review of current accrual basis IPSAS, our specialist instructors will also give guidance on transitioning to the accrual IPSAS and on the specifics of IPSAS implementation under IPSAS 33 First-time Adoption.
This program answers questions such as:
- What are the current requirements for presentation of accrual basis IPSAS financial statements and related disclosures?
- Where can technical and practical guidance on IPSAS be found?
- How have IPSASs changed recently, and what changes can be expected going forward?
- What practical issues commonly arise when implementing IPSASs?
- What are the requirements for transitioning from cash or modified cash basis to the accrual basis of accounting?