Nedskrivning av Goodwill : Är nedskrivning av goodwill enligt IAS36 förenlig med IFRS:s krav på neutralitet?
Sammanfattning: Since year 2005 all Nordic companies on a regulated stock market needs to present their accounts according to the IFRS-standards by IASB. This has affected the management of goodwill that now needs to be exposed for an impairment test every year. This paper handles the impairment of goodwill in Nordic companies to test their ability to follow IAS 36 in the IFRS-standards and neutrality in The Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting. Goodwill was earlier exposed to linear depreciation according to the national rules, while nowadays it needs to be impaired every time it’s warranted according to the calculated future cash flow. This creates an opportunity for companies to affect the accounts, an opportunity that can be explained by the Agent theory and Big Bath. How companies handle this change in accounting is tested to see if there is any relationship between goodwill impairments and future cash flow. Earlier studies have been made on the American market by Jarva (2009) and his model to calculate future cash flow is used in this paper.
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