IR Leader
May 14, 2019
...In an effort to clarify the meaning of 'materiality' for disclosure purposes, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued amendments to its existing definition of materiality in late 2018. The amendments will be effective January 1, 2020, with early adoption permitted. In the March 2019 issue of IR leader, the Financial Reporting and IR column discusses the main concerns with the existing definition; how the new definition seeks to address these concerns; and how IR professionals can assess their disclosures to ensure that material information is communicated effectively with its key messages clearly conveyed to its primary users.

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