NZASB Update 9/2020

An overview of Directors’ responsibilities for the adequacy of going concern related disclosures provided in a company’s financial statements

XRB Alert—Spotlight on Going Concern Disclosures

For-profit Entities

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What is the impact on going-concern disclosures in response to COVID-19?

Going concern uncertainty is a reality for many companies, so good disclosure is an opportunity to communicate that reality in a clear and transparent way.


Here we provide an overview of Directors’ responsibilities for the adequacy of going-concern related disclosures provided in a company’s financial statements. It includes commentary on both the requirements in the accounting standards and auditor expectations.


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Have you checked out our website COVID-19 information page? Here we provide answers to frequently-asked questions as well as some useful links to a selection of resources available on the audit considerations from the impact of COVID-19. We are updating this page regularly as new information comes to hand.

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We are also regularly posting links to relevant material and posts on our LinkedIn page.

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