IFRS 15: Disclosure

Disclosure requirements relating to contracts with customers are set out in paragraphs IFRS 15.110-128; B87-B89. As these disclosure requirements are quite extensive and some of them are not relevant for all entities, the IASB made it clear that the disclosure requirements should not be treated as a checklist, but instead considered in the light of disclosure objective and materiality (IFRS 15.110-112, BC331).

Disclosure requirements can be grouped into the following major categories:

  • contracts with customers (IFRS 15.113)
  • disaggregation of revenue (IFRS 15.114-115)
  • contract balances (IFRS 15.116-118)
  • performance obligations (IFRS 15.119-122)
  • significant judgements made (IFRS 15.123-126)
  • contract costs recognised as assets (IFRS 15.127-128)
  • practical expedients (IFRS 15.129)

IFRS 15 requires that revenue and impairment losses arising from contract with customers to be disclosed separately from items not arising on contract with customers. For example, entities with material leasing revenue will have to separate this revenue recognised under IFRS 16 from revenue recognised under IFRS 15.

Paragraph IFRS 15.114 requires disclosure of disaggregated revenue from contracts with customers with application guidance provided in IFRS 15.B87-B89. Obviously, there is no pre-determined list of categories to be presented. Instead, IFRS 15 states that entities should take into account how the information about revenue is presented in other external (e.g. investor presentations) and internal financial communication (management reports). IFRS 15.B87 also notes that some entities may need to use more than one type of category to meet the disclosure objective. See Example 41 accompanying IFRS 15.

Disaggregation of revenue is also required in interim financial reports by IAS 34. This is the only IFRS 15 requirement applicable to interim financial statements.

Requirements set out in paragraphs IFRS 15.116-118 are aimed to facilitate understanding of the relationship between the revenue recognised in a reporting period and the changes in contract balances (IFRS 15.BC341).

Disclosure requirements relating to performance obligations are included in paragraphs 119-122. They are aimed to require entities to explain specifically how they typically satisfy their performance obligations, what are the payment terms, warranties or refund liabilities. Additionally, entities are required to disclosed so called ‘backlog’, which is the amount of transaction price allocated to the remaining performance obligations.

See Examples 42 and 43 accompanying IFRS 15.

Paragraphs IFRS 15.123-126 include specific requirements regarding disclosure of judgements made in applying IFRS 15. Although IAS 1 already requires to disclose judgements and estimates, the IASB decided to provide specific requirements concerning revenue because of the importance placed on revenue by users of financial statements (IFRS 15.BC355).

See other pages relating to IFRS 15:

Scope of IFRS 15

IFRS 15: Identify a Contract

IFRS 15: Performance Obligations and Timing of Revenue Recognition

IFRS 15: Transaction Price

IFRS 15: Contract Assets and Contract Liabilities

IFRS 15: Contract Costs

IFRS 15: Specific Application Points


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