FRS102 Directors Loan rules to be simplified Reply

FRS102 which is now the UK’s main reporting standard has some really odd rules and in my view the rules for interest free loans are complete madness!

Take a simple example of a £5,000 interest-free loan repayable in three years’ time:
if the market rate for such a loan was, say, 7% then the present value of the loan would be £4,081 (£5,000 x 1/(1.07)3).

Unfortunately, FRS 102 does not contain any requirements about how the above financing shortfall of £919 should be accounted for on initial recognition. It is therefore necessary to consider the particular facts in order to determine the accounting treatment.

In simple terms, the financing shortfall of £919 is either interest income or an interest expense when the loan is made. That then reverses as interest receivable or payable as the discounting unwinds.

– See more at: http://www.icaew.com/en/members/practice-resources/icaew-practice-support-services/practicewire/news/frs-102-and-interest-free-loans#sthash.tm8iReHG.dpuf

This is crazy, because we all know the value of the loan is £5,000, it’s not £4,081!
It looks like the FRC now agree and we are getting FRED67 to amend the rules for Directors
Basically the new rules will allow loans to be reported at the their transaction value rather than their fair value, in other word we don’t need to assess notional interest.
FRED 67[2] proposes a number of amendments to FRS 102, in response to calls from stakeholders, intended to simplify it and make it more cost-effective. This includes permitting small entities to initially measure a loan from a director who is a natural person and a shareholder in the small entity (or a close member of the family of that person) at transaction price. FRS 102 currently requires such loans to be initially measured at present value, with the discount rate being a market rate of interest for a similar debt instrument.
This does of course still leave us with the old rules for inter company loans and loans from directors who aren’t stakeholders, but hopefully the FRC will bring in further simplifications.

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