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Reporting the impact of COVID-19 on your business

Christoph Zimmel Christoph Zimmel

IFRS requires that all the material effects of COVID-19 are appropriately recognised, measured and disclosed at the entity’s reporting date; be it interim or at year-end.

"Reporting the impact of COVID-19 on your business" is a helpful set of key questions for CFOs to help them consider the effects of the pandemic on their financial statements.

Here are ten questions entities should be asked to ensure that those financial statements not yet issued are presented fairly. These questions are by no means exhaustive, or indeed listed in any order of priority, because their applicability will depend on facts and circumstances.


Ten key questions for CFOs

  1. COVID-19 – the big picture: what should be included in financial statements that have not yet been authorised and approved for issue?
  2. Will the outbreak of COVID-19 result in more disclosures?
  3. There has recently been a significant drop in the value of equities so if you have a 31 December 2019 reporting date, should your financial statements be adjusted for this?
  4. If there is estimation uncertainty, what should be reported in the financial statements?
  5. How does information about COVID-19 that becomes available after the reporting date affect the financial statements?
  6. Is it reasonable to take the view 'the more uncertain the environment, then more detailed disclosures of the assumptions and assessments used to prepare the financial statements should be made'?
  7. When assessing expected credit losses (ECL), what should be taken into consideration?
  8. What should be taken into consideration when determining fair values at a reporting date?
  9. How much attention needs to be given to going concern for COVID-19?
  10. Ultimately, what impacts of COVID 19 will the users of the financial statements be most interested in?


Find the answers to these questions in this publication:

Reporting considerations of COVID-19

If you would like to discuss any of the topics raised please contact our IFRS Experts Christoph Zimmel and Rita Gugl.