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Note: I previously had a link to a similar archiving website called Scoop-It but for all the gloss and glimmer of the website it proved a bit too clunky for me… 

Kind regards,



10 responses to “Introduction

  1. Hi Mike,

    I couldn’t remember your email address.

    I will be at the KPMG business school session in CA house on thursday 1/12/2016. Can you do a question on IAS 24 Related Parties.


    John Kearns

  2. Hi Michael,

    In group accounts where there is a disposal of subs shares without loss of control and fair value method is used could you please give the double entry?

    CV of net assets: 480
    Sold 10%
    Proceeds: 100


    • Leona,

      You have not provided enough information in your query so I will make the following assumptions:

      Assume there is an 80/20 split between parent and NCI and that the CV of net assets of 480 excludes goodwill.
      Assume the NCI is entitled to 96 of the net assets (excluding goodwill) just before disposal.
      Assume the NCI is entitled to 50 of the goodwill just before disposal.

      So… If the parent disposes of 10%, the CV of net assets disposed is [((480 – 96) x 10%) + ((200 – 50) x 10%)] = 53.4

      Consol journals would be:

      Dr Cash 100
      Cr NCI 53.4
      Cr Equity – Other Reserves 46.6

  3. Hi Michael,

    I have a question for goodwill impairment. I understand that when we perform impairment testing, the recoverable amount is compared to the carrying amounts of CGU which is Net Tangible Assets and goodwill. However, how should we deal with the negative NTA in a subsidiary? For example, should we calculate the total carrying amounts as net, e.g. $1,500 goodwill minus negative NTA $500= $1,000? What if the management assumes that the recoverable amount is zero, should we impair the full $1,500 goodwill or only impair $1,000? Thanks and look forward to your reply soon.

    • Hi Cecilia,

      First, you seem to be mixed up in your terminology. The carrying amount of a CGU represents it’s net assets plus allocated goodwill. Note that net assets includes all assets and liabilities. Second, if there were negative net assets of $500 in a CGU and allocated goodwill was $1,500 then you would most definitely impair the goodwill by $1,500. If you think about it commercially, a CGU with negative net assets should have no goodwill remaining in it anyway.

  4. Hi Michael,

    I note from IAS 24 that two entities are not related parties simply because they have a Director or Key Manager in common.

    However, in the Ballvaughen Credit Union FAE audit elective case, the solution treats a loan between Ballvaughen and Tipperary Town Credit Union as a RPT “as the loan was organised by one of our board who is also on the board of Tipperary Town Credit Union”.

    This appears to contradict IAS 24. Could you please explain? This is a situation I have come across several times and am still unclear on.

    Many thanks,

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