The IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) has published a new Interpretation IFRIC 23 ‘Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments’, specifying how entities should reflect uncertainty in accounting for income taxes.
IAS 12 ‘Income Taxes’ specifies how to account for current and deferred tax but not how to reflect the effects of uncertainty. IFRIC 23 addresses this previous lack of guidance.
IFRIC 23 addresses uncertainty over how tax treatments should affect the accounting for income taxes. IFRIC had observed that there was diversity in practice for various issues on the recognition and measurement of a tax liability or asset in circumstances where there is uncertainty in the application of the tax law in concern. The table illustrates the main issues that are addressed by the Interpretation.