IASB issues narrow scope amendments to IAS 19 to clarify the accounting when a plan amendment, curtailment or settlement occurs.
The amendments specifies how companies determine pension expenses when changes to a defined benefit pension plan occur.
IAS 19 Employee Benefits specifies how a company accounts for a defined benefit plan. When a change to a plan- an amendment, curtailment or settlement- takes place, IAS 19 requires a company to remeasure its net defined benefit liability or asset.
The amendments require a company to use the updated assumptions from this remeasurement to determine current service cost and net interest for the remainder of the reporting period after the change to the plan. Until now, IAS 19 did not specify how to determine these expenses for the period after the change to the plan. By requiring the use of updated assumptions, the amendments are expected to provide useful information to users of financial statements.
The amendments are effective on or after 1 January 2019, and earlier application is permitted. The amendments are not yet approved in EU. EU endorsement is exptected in 2018.