IFRS 1 First time adoption of IFRS

A first-time adopter is an entity that, for the first time, makes an explicit and unreserved statement that its general purpose financial statements comply with IFRSs. [IFRS 1.3]

An entity may be a first-time adopter if, in the preceding year, it prepared IFRS financial statements for internal management use, as long as those IFRS financial statements were not made available to owners or external parties such as investors or creditors. If a set of IFRS financial statements was, for any reason, made available to owners or external parties in the preceding year, then the entity will already be considered to be on IFRSs, and IFRS 1 does not apply. [IFRS 1.3]

An entity can also be a first-time adopter if, in the preceding year, its financial statements: [IFRS 1.3]

  • asserted compliance with some but not all IFRSs, or

  • included only a reconciliation of selected figures from previous GAAP to IFRSs. (Previous GAAP means the GAAP that an entity followed immediately before adopting to IFRSs.)

We at Nisus Accountants Dubai can provide you guidance in relation to implementation of IFRS. We have experience of implementing IFRS both for US and European countries.

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