Entries by Natascha Drechsel

SHARE CATEGORIES – Equity or Liability?

When buying equity shares in a company, one can purchase different category shares, namely ‘ordinary shares’ (also referred to as ‘common stock’) and ‘preference shares’ (also referred to as ‘preferred stock’). Shares represent equity in a company. However, in certain circumstances shares may have to be recognised as a liability in stead of equity. This tip will look at when shares are equity and when it represents a liability.View PDF

LIABILITY – YES or NO? Should it be accrued or provided for?

This tip deals with the principle that a contractual or a statutory obligation in itself does not necessarily gives rise to a liability. For example, an entity is obligated by law to pay income tax – however – in terms of accrual accounting principles, there is no obligation to pay tax unless income has been earned. The earning of the income is the past event that gives rise to the obligation to pay the tax. In this example, the liability is classified as a tax liability in accordance with IAS 12.View PDF

CEO / CFO signoff on internal financial control – JSE Listing Requirement 3.84(k)

To ensure a higher level of accountability from executive management, the JSE Listing Requirement 3.84(k) requires the CEO and the financial director to sign a responsibility statement that they have implemented the necessary internal financial controls to ensure the financial statements are fairly presented and no facts have been omitted or untrue statements were made View PDF

IFRS 16 Lease modifications

The last few months forced many entities to renegotiate lease terms and review their current lease agreements – the question arises how and when to account for a new lease when the lease terms and/or lease payments have changed, or where it was determined that it is not a new lease but a lease modification.View PDF

IFRS 7 Financial instrument disclosures

Despite being effective since 2007, entities often misinterpret the most basic requirements of IFRS 7. This tip deals with what‘s “HOT” and what’s “NOT” when it comes to disclosure of the significance of financial instrument for an entity’s financial position and performance.View PDF

8 Things you need to know about online advertising policies

The Advertising Policies apply to (1) ads and commercial content served by or purchased through Facebook, on or off the Facebook services, including ads purchased under AAAA/IAB Standard Terms and Conditions, (2) ads appearing within apps on Facebook, and (3) ads on Instagram. Your use of Facebook’s advertising products and services is part of “Facebook” […]