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COVID-19 accounting considerations for CFOs: Government grants

As a response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, governments around the world are implementing measures to help businesses and economies get through it. The nature of government grants can take on various forms such as below market rate loans, short-time working subsidies, relief funds, income-based tax credits to name just a few.

While many forms of government assistance should be accounted for by applying IAS 20 ‘Accounting for Government Grants and Disclosure of Government Assistance’ because they meet the following definition, others should be addressed by other standards such as IAS 12 ‘Income Taxes’.

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