IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers

At the end of May 2014, IFRS 15 was released. This standard outlines a single comprehensive model of accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes current revenue recognition guidance.

The core principle of IFRS 15 is that an entity will recognise revenue to reflect the transfer of goods or services, measured as the amount to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. In particular, the new standard requires distinct goods or services to be accounted for separately, which may have a significant impact on the timing of revenue and profit recognition.

While the overall principles will sound familiar, IFRS 15 includes a significant amount of guidance on many issues that arise in determining the appropriate timing and measurement of revenue. Finally, the new standard also requires significant disclosures relating to the reporting of revenue, and entities will need to ensure that they can gather the appropriate information in a timely manner.

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