The Difference Between IFRS and IAS

This is the question that oftentimes pops up from a middle of nowhere…

What basically are the differences between the International Financial Accounting Standards (IFRS) and International Accounting Standards (IAS)? Or, should we rephrase the question, are there any differences at all?

Well, there are differences, of course. And the major difference is that the IAS’s were issued by the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) from 1973 to 2001, while the IFRS’s were issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) from 2001 onwards. The IASB is basically the successor for IASC.

When IASB was installed in 2001, it adopted the existing IAS and decided to name any future standards as International Financial Reporting Standards. Consequently, IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements defines IFRS as standards and interpretations adopted by the IASB.

Now, IFRS in a broad sense comprise:

  • Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements – stating basic principles and grounds of IFRS
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (standards issued after 2001)
  • International Accounting Standards (standards issued before 2001)
  • Interpretations originated by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) or the former Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC)

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So the new IFRSs standards are in addition to (on top of) the IASs, won’t there be any contradicting standards/principles between the two as a result of the adoption of IFRS?

Just as the former IASC altered some of its provisions and withdres some IAS numbers from its set of standards over the years, any contradicting principles from the new IFRS will supersede that of IAS. One basic example is the IFRS 3 and IAS 22, which are both titled, “Business Combinations”.

Of course, there are standards in the IFRS that provide rule over some grey areas or a “no mention” in the IAS, just like the identification, measurement, presentation and disclosure of non-current assets held for sale (IFRS 5).

In fact, when contradicting standards are issued, the older one is removed from the complete set of standards. Look at the latest complete list of standards and IAS 22 is not there anymore.

I have been full compliant with IAS in the previous years, do I still have to apply IFRS 1 (First Time Adoption of IFRS), and thus present comparative information and other disclosures required by IFRS 1 in my next financial statements?

Under the Scope of the standard, paragraph 3, if you have not stated compliance with IFRS in an “explicit” and “unreserved” statement in any of your previous financial statements, then you have to comply with and follow the disclosure requirements of IFRS 1. If you have been full compliant with IAS, then preparing the disclosure requirements of IFRS 1 would not be that cumbersome.

Conclusion

Try googling for the difference between IFRS and IAS, and it will lead you nowhere. I mean, basically there are no resources in the internet that can give you a precise distinction between the two. Such question just seems like improper. It’s like comparing a chicken against an egg, when in fact the former just simply evolved from the latter. You can’t plainly make a head-to-head comparison.

Remember, comparing IFRS vs. IAS is not like comparing IFRS vs. US GAAP. The latter is completely a different story.

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46 Responses to The Difference Between IFRS and IAS

  1. franz says:

    Heto na naman tayo para sa mga talented na tao lang ito… Di naman puede NVIDIA vs. ATI dito… yugs…

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  2. Val says:

    Nice article

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  3. deuts says:

    O Val, nice to hear from you after some time. Thanks for the compliment.

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  4. Val says:

    parati naman akong bumisita sa site mo. binabasa ko mga comments kaya lang minsan walang kwenta ang mga comments kaya di ako sumasagot pero in fairness maganda mga pino-post mong mga topic. informative

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  5. deuts says:

    naks naman! touched nmn ako nun! hehehe kmusta na ba si pare mong joel?

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  6. franz says:

    Yun yun eh… kumusta pareng Val?

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  7. Val says:

    Si Joel? Syempre negro pa rin.

    Franz ok lang ako pare. di na tayo nakapag lalaro ikaw na lang di ko nalalampaso sa nbalive

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  8. franz says:

    Hehehe yun yun eh. Maiba nga ako pre, pista nga pala kina jorelle sa Sunday, punta daw tayo he he he. Pareng Jorelle panu ba yan di mo makikita si baby girl…

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  9. deuts says:

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  10. franz says:

    Yugs! Sadya ah. Sino ba yung tinutukoy mo pre? He he he.

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  11. Mike says:

    nice article, keep it up!

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  12. deuts says:

    Panong parang ngaun ka lng ulit naka comment dito eh ang tagal ko nang post to?

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  13. monique says:

    my lecturer gave the same qn. and i answed just like you, guese wat? I was the only one wit the correct and stupid answer. thanx dude!

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  14. deuts says:

    Ang galeng! :)

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  15. torton says:

    good lad!!

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  18. sweet says:

    bakit ngayon ko lang ito nadiscover?.. it’s true that googling on the difference between IAS and IFRS would lead you nowhere…

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  19. deuts says:

    @ Sweet, yeah, that’s why I posted this article to point that out. :D

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  20. eirene says:

    haha, if there’s no answer to it, why did my lecturer ask us to come up with a 800 word essay on it?

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  21. deuts says:

    Well I hope this article will help you with that. :D

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  22. Bonny says:

    Very well said that this is the only output that we get on our serah for Difference between IFRS and IAS despite the fact that this distinction is really important to have the complete clarity on IFRS. This is really very easy to understand and clarify the doubts. Very nicely made up.

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  23. deuts says:

    Thanks Bonny, I’m glad I can help people on anything about accounting and auditing.

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  24. Pablo says:

    If there are no articles in the internet that address that issue, please be the first one to have it on the web. We really need that answer. I mean a very correct answer

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  25. Matthew says:

    Hello there, I very much appreciated this article and was wondering if you could help with another question. I have been asked to critique an annual report from an investors perspective while keeping away from ratios and detailed financial analysis, Do you think that there are any particular areas of the report that would be most beneficial for this?

    cheers

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  26. T. Roy says:

    I read out the artical regarding difference between IAS and IFRS. If I say in short then the above artical is a bad one. It is not enough informative so that one can easily understand the defference between two. Because time can not be a factor to defferentiate but the author tried to focus the time a big factor. If any body started to published any standard from now with the same content of IAS, will it be carry any any value for time difference?

    If you done any more research on it please send it to me.

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  27. Toni says:

    Hey man thanks a lot, for this!
    This is a very simple and logical explanation, which I needed.
    I am writing an Essay on topic connected.

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  28. TH says:

    Well said, thanks for your explanation. Keep up the good work.

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  29. DS says:

    Thanks for clarifying this issue (IAS / IFRS)
    I need this into for mine thesis.

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  30. Attah-K says:

    I also need to know the differences between the IFRS and IAS, for an assignment.

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  31. CA. Sushant Raul says:

    Basically there are no difference between IFRS and IAS, IFRS are the sucessor of IAS as the IASC is succeeded by IASB subsequently IAS are succeeded by IFRS………………
    For any query about IFRS/IAS u people can mailed me in my mail ID

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  32. blackpepper says:

    thank you so much for your article :)

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  33. albert says:

    thank you deuts. this article is first on google

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  34. Victor says:

    I appreciate highly, this article. It’s so clear and to the point that i have no need to further research the issue. Thanks

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  35. Marlo says:

    Thank you for this! :) I appreciate it! :)

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  36. Lek says:

    tanx a bunch 4 dis material. Resource-filled!

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  37. Asraful says:

    Thanks for the explanation & supply of better information.

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  38. Thanks u for your best explanation of IAS & IFRS

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  39. This is the better explanation of difference between IAS & Ifrs…………

    Thank u

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  40. Johannes says:

    I’m now hightlighted on the difference betwenne IAS and IFRS.

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  41. guest 1 says:

    I believe
    IAS defines the way accounting should be.
    whereas IFRS contains the way they needs to be presented in Financial Statements.

    Let me know if i m wrong

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  42. Faa says:

    well explained.

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  43. Pixandroid says:

    Thanks… I’d long time apart from financial reporting and now need to revise back. Thanks for this handy info.

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  44. thanks for helping me complete my assignment

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