Keywords: Mazars, Thailand, IFRS IC, IFRS, IAS 12, Deferred Tax
31 August 2020
The IFRS IC stated that this tax regime does not exempt the entity from applying the requirements of IAS 12 regarding investments in subsidiaries (paras. 38-45), notably the requirement to recognise a deferred tax liability for any positive temporary difference between the carrying amount of the investment and its tax base, if the parent is unable to control the timing of the reversal of the temporary difference or it is probable that the temporary difference will reverse in the foreseeable future.
In this situation, the IFRS IC stated that:
- paragraph 57A of IAS 12 (which specifies that the income tax consequences of dividends shall be recognised when the entity recognises a liability to pay a dividend) only applies to dividends payable by the reporting entity (i.e. the parent company, in the case of consolidated financial statements);
- paragraph 52A of IAS 12 (which specifies that the tax rate used to calculate current and deferred tax shall be that applicable to undistributed profits, in circumstances where the tax rate differs depending on whether or not profits are paid out as dividends) does not apply to the measurement of current or deferred tax that itself reflects the tax consequences of a distribution of profits – i.e. this paragraph does not apply to deferred tax measured in accordance with the requirements of IAS 12 regarding investments in subsidiaries (paras. 38-45).
The IFRS IC concluded that the principles of IAS 12 provide an adequate basis to address the request, so does not intend to pursue this matter beyond the agenda decision.