We have countries trying to attract new investment: Greece, Hong Kong, Russia. Countries trying to curb avoidance: UK (both companies and individuals), Spain (rental properties). Changes to the reporting requirements for Transfer Pricing or country-by-country reporting: China, Singapore and Korea (as well as introducing an exit tax). We have countries going for greater transparency in its economy: Argentina introducing an amnesty to encourage further disclosure, Switzerland introducing automatic exchange of information and greater transparency and India attempting to curb the cash economy. Finally, we have Australia revising some of its cross-border GST provisions.
New standard on accounting for leases with IFRS 16 “Leases”, the IASB published a new standard on accounting for leases on 13 January 2016. The IASB and the US standard setter FASB initiated the joint project back in 2006 with the aim of introducing improved accounting for leases, in particular by the lessee. Differences of opinion in relation to a few key areas meant that they failed to arrive at a uniform standard. The IASB decided in favour of a single-model approach at the lessee, while the FASB implemented a dual model in its new standard on leases. Based on the single-model approach of the IASB, the lessee will have to recognise assets and liabilities for most leases in the statement of financial position. While the lessee no longer has to distinguish between operating leases and finance leases, this distinction will remain in place for lessors.