International


The IASB’s former standing interpretations committee—now the international financial reporting interpretations committee—issues guidance ( www.iasb.org.uk/cmt/0001.asp ) on accounting for Web site costs under international accounting standards (IASs). The interpretation clarifies existing requirements of IAS 38, Intangible Assets, that apply to expenses associated with an entity’s development and operation of an Internet site. If the enterprise applies the new interpretation and recognizes the site as an intangible asset, it must amortize the operating expenses over a brief period unless that site actively serves a market and its operating costs are regularly evaluated.

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