Thursday, December 12, 2019

Intangible Assets for Trade Names and General Interpretation

Question: Discuss about theIntangible Assets for Trade Names and General Interpretation. Answer: Introduction Intangible assets are those assets of the entity which lacks any physical substance and includes copywriters, patents, goodwill, trademark, franchise, trade names and general interpretation. The NZ IAS 38outlines the entire accounting requirement for the treatment of intangible asset in the books of accounts. This accounting standard applies to all the intangible assets except the assets which are already within the scope of any other standard, financial assets, those intangible assets which arise from the insurance companies, evaluation and exploration assets, development and extraction of natural gases, mineral oil, and other related resources expenditure. As per the NZ IAS 38, the intangible assets are an identifiable non-monetary asset without any physical substance. The asset is identifiable when it is competent of being estranged from other asset and arises out of the legal or contractual right (Chalmers, et. al., 2008). This standard recognizes intangible asset only if it provides future economic benefit to the company and the price of the asset can be reliably calculated. Here, the potential economic benefits mean that the revenue will be generated from the sale of the service or product, the asset will lead to cost saving and it will provide other benefits from its use such as the reduction in the future cost of production. The measurement principles of the intangible asset are studied in the case of initial measurement, subsequent expenditure, carrying amount and amortization in this standard. Accounting for intangibles under NZ IAS 38 The intangible assets are recorded as the long-term assets in the book of accounts of the company. The accounting for intangible assets is same as for any other asset. As per NZ IAS 38, the asset is required to be recognized as self-generated or purchased and they should recognize the asset in the books of accounts only if the asset is probable to produce future economic profits and we can reliably measure the cost of the intangible asset. Further, this requirement is applied when the asset is generated internally or acquired externally. If the assets do not meet the above-mentioned criteria then the expenditure will be treated as normal expenditure otherwise the expenditure will be added to the cost of the intangible assets. However if the expenditure does not generate any future economic benefits, then also the expenditure will be transferred in the income statement of the company. In case of supply of services and goods, the entity will recognize the expenditure after its occurrence. The other expenditure which will be recognized as the expense only after its occurrence is expenditure on the startup activities, expenditure on reorganizing part of the firm, expenditure on promotional or advertisement activities, and the expenditure on the training activities. If the intangible asset of the company has a useful life, then the value of the asset has been amortized over the phase of the life of the asset, exclusive of every class of value (Heirman Clarysse, 2007). The cost of those intangle assets which are generated internally is often difficult to find and distinguish between the cost of enhancing or maintaining the goodwill or operations of the entity. Thus, the brands which are generated internally are not considered as intangible assets. The cost of the internally generated intangible assets comprises of all the expenditure which can be allocated on the consistent and reasonable basis for producing or making the asset. The cost of an internally generated intangible asset includes the materials and service cost, wages, salaries and another related cost, directly attributable expenses and the overheads which are necessary for generation of the intangible asset. However, the entity is required to identify if the expense incurred in research phase or development phase. The shortcomings of NZ IAS 38 accounting requirements for intangibles There are several shortcomings of the NZ IAS 38 accounting requirements for intangible assets such as it does not apply to all the entities and those intangible assets which are covered by other accounting standards. In addition to this, this accounting standard does not apply to the financial assets such as the cash, contractual rights of receiving cash and another financial asset, ownership interest and contractual right it exchange the financial instrument and it also does not applies to the mineral rights, development, and extraction of minerals, non regenerative resources such as oils and natural gases. This standard also does not apply to the intangible assets which arise in the insurance companies from the contracts with the holders of policy and the termination benefits. This standard applies research and development activities but it does not clearly define the cost which can be amortized in the value of the asset. This standard also applies to the rights regarding the licen sing agreement (Secundo, et. al., 2007). The training which is provided to the staff in order to activate the asset and the initial in-service losses before the asset achieves the premeditated performance is not capitalized in the cost of an intangible asset according to this standard. Further, any expenditure which is primarily recognized as the expense cannot be further recognized as the asset at the later date. In addition to this, the internally generated brand and the publishing titles are also not acknowledged as the intangible asset under this standard. The challenges posed by intangibles for the IASB Since the measurements of the intangible assets are relatively unreliable, there is high need of verification of whether the challenge with the approach of the balance sheet of reporting with fair values match to the relevance of the intangible asset and the extent to which the intangible asset disclosure can be capitalized in the companys balance sheet. The recent debate of reliable and relevant accounting focuses on this study. It is necessary that the imperative approach of the valuation of an intangible asset is to be prearranged under the fair value accounting. The intangible assets reporting are forward-looking and the estimates are subject to high manipulation by the managers which may be hard to validate. This is a major challenge for the standard regulators and setters to amend the statement in the light of corporate governance and corporate needs. These interpretations intensify the debate the creditability and reliability. How reporting entities from across the world are overcoming the shortcomings of IAS Accounting standards are beneficial for reliability and comparability as it assists the comparison of the financial statements of different enterprises. However, there are certain limitations of international accounting standards which are required to be overcome by the reporting entities around the world (Penman, 2009). Some of those limitations are as follows: Each alternative solution to the accounting problems has certain benefits and by eliminating such choices among different alternatives brings rigidity and takes away the flexibility in the application of the accounting principle. In addition to this, every alternative has their own argument and the selection of best one is not an easy task. The statue cannot be overwritten by the accounting standards and required to be framed with the ambit of the prevailing statutes. The significant challenge is in the regard to the acceptance of the national accounting standards and the international accounting standard. The national accounting standards are particularly controlled by the government and majorly the financial statements are mandatory to be submitted to the finance ministry (Dischinger Riedel, 2011). It has been in the Vietnamese accounting system, where the accounting data has been primarily indented fro the government instead of the investors. In the international accounting standards, the investors are major users and targets of the mechanism of accounting. Another significant challenge in front of the reporting entities is the lack of professional and adequate personnel with regard to the adoption of new common accounting system around the world. Most of the countries are required to prepare the financial statements which match to the generally accepted accounting principle and these financial statements are audited as per the generally accepted accounting standards. However, many countries still do no adopt general principles which create several conflicts. Disclosure requirements As per the NZ IAS 38the asset useful life, rates used and the amortization methods which are used are required to be disclosed in the books of accounts of the entity. In addition to this, the accumulated amortization at the starting and the ending of the period and gross carrying amount are also required to be disclosed (Cohen, 2011). The reconciliation of the carrying amounts in the starting of the year and the end of years are required to be shown including the additions in the intangible assets, retirement and disposal, impairment losses which are recognized or reversed in the profit and loss account, amortization during the year and the other changes in the carrying amount. There are another several disclosure requirements as per this standard, such as if the amortization period exceeds ten years then the entity is required to provide the reasons of rebutting presumptions and the factors which determine the useful life. Additionally, the other descriptions which are materials fro m the perspective of the entity and its stakeholder are required to be disclosed in the books of accounts of the entity. 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