Accounting for Discontinuing Operations under AS-24

AS-24 is mandatory where:

  • Enterprises whose equity or debt securities are listed on a recognised stock exchange in India, and enterprises that are in the process of issuing equity or debt securities that will be listed on a recognised stock exchange in India as evidenced by the board of directors’ resolution in this regard.
  • All other commercial, industrial and business reporting enterprises, whose turnover for the accounting period exceeds ` 50 crores.

In respect of all other enterprises, the Accounting Standard would be mandatory in nature in respect of accounting periods commencing on or after 1-4-2005. Earlier application of the accounting standard would be encouraged.

This standard is applicable to all discontinuing operations, representing separate major line of business or geographical area of operations of an enterprise.

Objective

The objective of this Statement is to establish principles for reporting information about discontinuing operations, thereby enhancing the ability of users of financial statements to make projections of an enterprise’s cash flows, earnings-generating capacity, and financial position by segregating information about discontinuing operations from information about continuing operations.

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