Accounting aspects of government assistance
Steve Collings examines the accounting treatment of grants received in respect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme together with the disclosure requirements under UK GAAP.
As businesses continue to deal with the significant level of disruption, HMRC has now started to send payments out to employers in respect of the CJRS for employees that have been furloughed.
For self-employed individuals, it is expected that the self-employed income support scheme will be up and running during the middle of this month (May 2020).
Grants received from HMRC for furloughed employees
Employers who have furloughed employees will have been claiming the 80% grant available from HMRC. Many businesses have now received these grants and in terms of the accounting treatment, there are a couple of points that need to be considered where the financial statements are concerned.
FRS 102, the Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland, deals with government grants in section 24 Government Grants. FRS 102, paragraph 24.3A states that government grants cannot be recognised in the financial statements until there is reasonable assurance that:
|A grant that becomes receivable as compensation for expenses or losses already incurred or for the purpose of giving immediate financial support to the entity with no future related costs shall be recognised in income in the period in which it becomes receivable.|
The grant in respect of furloughed employees must be presented as income within profit or loss. This can be done either separately as ‘Grant income’ or ‘Government grant’ or within the heading ‘Sundry income’.
The grant cannot be offset against the payroll expense (or any other expense) in profit or loss because this is prohibited in company law. Schedule 1 to The Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/410), para 8 states:
|Amounts in respect of items representing assets or income may not be offset against amounts in respect of items representing liabilities or expenditure (as the case may be), or vice versa.|
FRS 102, paragraph 24.6 requires an entity to disclose the following:
A small entity choosing to report under FRS 102, Section 1A is not required to apply the above disclosure requirements and there are no specific disclosure requirements in Section 1A for small companies where government grants are concerned.
However, there is still a requirement for the directors to ensure the financial statements give a true and fair view, so potentially there may be some disclosures made in respect of the grants received if the directors’ view this is necessary to enable a true and fair view to be presented.
For micro-entities choosing to report under FRS 105 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable to the Micro-entities Regime, there are no specific disclosure requirements.
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
For payments received by an entity from HMRC in respect of the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, the same accounting treatment as above will apply.