Accounting considerations of the coronavirus pandemic (Updated April 2021)

We have made important changes to this publication since the February 2021 edition, to address evolving issues and expand certain topics. 

We have added the Board’s further amendment to IFRS 16 Leases to extend relief on rent concessions related to the coronavirus pandemic in the section on leases. This edition provides accounting considerations for the financial effects of the coronavirus when preparing annual or interim IFRS financial statements in 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the world economy. Businesses are dealing with lost revenue and disrupted supply chains. In addition, various governments have announced measures to provide both financial and non-financial assistance to the disrupted industry sectors and the affected business organisations.

When preparing annual or interim financial statements for years ending in 2020, entities need to consider the financial reporting issues and reminders highlighted in this publication, as follows:

  • Going concern
  • Financial instruments
  • Impairment assessment of non-financial assets
  • Government grants
  • Income taxes
  • Liabilities from insurance contracts
  • Leases
  • Insurance recoveries
  • Onerous contract provisions
  • Fair value measurement
  • Revenue recognition
  • Inventories
  • Share-based payment
  • Events after the reporting period
  • Other financial statement presentation and disclosure requirements
  • Other accounting estimates
  • Alternative performance measures and disclosures