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ISA 12 Income Tax

ISA 12 Income Tax adopts a full provision approach to accounting for deferred taxation.
It is assumed that the recovery of all assets and the settlement of all liabilities have tax
consequences and that these consequences can be estimated reliably and are
unavoidable. IFRS recognition criteria are generally different from those embodied in
tax law and thus Temporary Difference will arise which is the difference between the
Carrying Amount of an asset or a liability and its basis for taxation purposes (Tax
Base). The principle is that a company will settle its liabilities and recover its assets
over time and at that point the tax consequences will crystallize.

Thus a change in an accounting standard will often affect the Carrying Value of an
asset or a liability which in turn will affect the amount of Temporary Difference between
the Carrying Value and the Tax base. This is turn will affect the amount of Deferred
Taxation Provision which is the Tax Rate multiplied by the amount of Temporary

The general principle is that Deferred Tax Liabilities should be recognized for all
Taxable Temporary Differences and Deferred Tax Assets should be recognized for
Deductible Temporary Differences, unused tax loses and unused tax credits to the
extent that it is probable that taxable profit will be available against which the deductible
temporary differences can be utilized.

A deferred tax asset cannot be recognized when it arises from negative goodwill or the
initial recognition of an asset or liability other than in a business combination. The
carrying value of deferred tax assets should be reviewed at each statement of financial
position date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient
taxable profit will be available to allow the benefit of part or all of the deferred tax asset
to be utilized.

The recognition of deferred tax assets result in the recognition of income in the
statement of comprehensive income. This amount cannot be reported in equity as IAS
12 Income Tax does allow only deferred tax to be recognized in equity if the
corresponding entry is recognized in equity.

ISA 12 Income Tax and IFRS 2 Share Based Payments

ISA 12 Income Tax requires the deferred tax on share options to be recognized in the
Profit and Loss for the period. The difference between the tax base of the services
received ( that is, the amount of tax allowance in future periods) and the carrying value
of zero will be the deductible temporary difference, which results in a deferred tax

IFRS 2 Share Based Payments says that estimated future deduction should be based
on the Option’s intrinsic value at the year end as the value at the exercise date will not
be known. The Intrinsic Value is the difference between the Fair Value ( market value)
of the share and the Exercise Prize of the share option.

It is likely that a deferred tax asset will arise which will be the difference between the
tax base of the employee’s service rendered to date and the carrying value which will
be zero normally. The recognition of the deferred tax asset should be dealt with on the
following basis.

a) It the actual of estimated tax deduction is less than or equal to the cumulative
recognized expense, then the associated tax benefits are recognized in the
Statement of Comprehensive Income.
b) If the actual or estimated tax deduction exceeds the cumulative recognized
compensation, then the excess tax benefits are recognized directly in a separate
component of equity.

ISA 12 Income Tax and IAS 17 Leases

Plant (asset) acquired under a Finance Lease will be recorded as PPE ( property,
plant and equipment) and a corresponding liability for the obligation to pay future
rentals. Rentals payable are apportioned between the finance charge and a
reduction of the outstanding obligation. A temporary difference will effectively arise
between the value of the plant (asset) for accounting purposes and the equivalent of
the outstanding obligation as the annual rental payments qualify for Tax Relief. The
tax base of the plant (asset) is the amount deducted for tax in future which is zero.
The tax base of the liability is the carrying amount less any future tax deductible
amount which will give a tax base of zero.

Basic Computations

Temporary Difference = Carrying Amount – Tax Base  Liability

( Taxable Temporary

Temporary Difference = Tax Base – Carrying Amount  Asset

( Deductible Temporary

Temporary Difference x Tax Rate = +’ve (Deferred Tax Asset)

Temporary Difference x Tax Rate = -’ve (Deferred Tax Liability)