Polluter Corp Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… According to FASB, emission allowances are intangible assets. This scope of this consideration is limited to areas under the U.S GAAP governance. This intangible asset model bars deferring of profit derived from the sale of emission allowances even if the sales result in short positions. The intangible asset method does not recognize third party buyers of emission allowances. The cash flow classifies the inflow and outflow as investment. The Statement of Financial Accounting Standards defines emission allowances as Goodwill and Intangible Assets. This is because they do not meet the definition of financial asset, although, they lack in physical substance. Emission allowances are considered an asset because they are readily converted to cash; an example is the disposal of Polluter emission allowances for a vintage year 2016 and above. The emission allowances will be entered as intangible assets because they are acquired for operational purposes of complying with environmental …show more content…
In 2003, IFRS issued an authoritative accounting guide for emission rights known as Draft interpretation. The interpretation examines several issues that affect emission allowance rights such as asset valuation, and income recognition for allowance rights received from government agencies. IFRS recognize emission allowances as intangible assets accounted under IAS 38. IAS 38 gives a choice between cost model and revaluation method compared to U.S GAAP, which allows, for inventory or intangible models (Lieberman 110). Under IFRS accounting regulations, purchased allowances from other entities are and recorded as cost in the financial statement. Allowances received from the government at a fair value are reported as fair value. IFRS regulations subject allowances recognized under the two methods to occasional impairment tests. Using the revaluation method under IAS 38 increases the fair value of emission allowances and, therefore, reported in stakeholders’ equity statement. Any decreases recognized in fair value are reported in profit and loss as much as they exceed the surplus in

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