Implementation of Ind AS

The Indian Accounting Standards also known as Ind AS and are structured in line with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The nomenclature for the naming and numbering of Ind AS is same as that of IFRS
With Ind As compliance being mandatory for specified companies, for companies operating in India need to prepare for Ind AS implementation. Businesses should firstly develop an outline of how the new standards will replace existing ones, and then look to embed Ind AS into their operational systems, train their financial teams, and ensure all company managers understand the new accounting principles.
These standards have introduced several changes in the way companies report financials, including how they account for income and expenditure and items in the balance sheet. Ind AS is different from the existing Indian GAAP framework in following key aspects:

  1. Fair valuation
  2. Substance over legal form
  3. Emphasis on the Balance Sheet
  4. New framework is principle based, rather than rule based.

Key steps to be followed in implementation of Ind AS:

  1. Preliminary impact assessment on financial statements of company -An initial assessment required to be done to identify standards which will have impact on financial statements in terms of recognition, measurement, disclosure or classification of items as per IndAS in comparison of existing accounting standards.
  2. Key Ind AS standards with an impact on financial statements of company -A detailed comparative presentation needs be prepared to assess its impact for each key Ind AS in restated balance sheet and income statement at conversion date.

First time adoption of Ind AS involves the following:

  1. Selection of appropriate options as per Ind AS 101, which contains the transition provisions for an entity to adopt Ind-AS for the first time.
  2. Preparation of opening balance sheet as at under Ind AS.
  3. Preparation of financial statements under Ind AS from the start of adopting FY