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FRS 102: Intangible assets under UK GAAP

The standard

The requirements regarding intangible assets are set out as part of FRS 102. However, individual sections of the standard should not be looked at in isolation as other parts may be relevant.

FRS 102 is regularly updated and amended by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). For the full text of FRS 102, guidance on which version of the standard to apply and notes on recent amendments, see our main FRS 102 page.

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Helpsheets and factsheets

Accounting for cryptocurrencies under FRS 102

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18-09-2018

The purpose of this technical helpsheet is to consider both the potential accounting treatments under FRS 102 and the presentation of cryptocurrencies within the financial statements. It should be noted that this is an emerging area and practice will no doubt evolve over time.

Can I revalue an intangible asset under FRS 102?

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10-07-2018

Technical helpsheet to help members understand when it may be possible to revalue intangible assets and the criteria for doing so under FRS 102.

Intangible assets and goodwill under FRS 102

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01-03-2017

Technical helpsheet to help ICAEW members understand key aspects of accounting for intangible assets and goodwill under FRS 102.

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Impairment of Assets

A chapter on impairment of assets within the small companies' financial reporting framework and the micro-entities legislation, written by a specialist on small company reporting issues. FRS 102 Section 27 and the impairment of inventories, impairment of assets other than inventory and impairment of goodwill are discussed, along with helpful real-life examples.

Business combinations and goodwill

A chapter on financial reporting of business combinations and goodwill under FRS 102, section 19, including information on accounting for positive and negative goodwill. This key title by Steve Collings has been comprehensively updated to reflect changes issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) since 2019.

Impairment of Assets

A chapter on financial reporting of impairment of assets under UK GAAP. Sections include: Impairment of inventory; Impairment of assets other than inventories; Reversal of an impairment loss; Disclosure requirements. This practical manual focuses on unlisted companies and has been comprehensively updated to reflect changes issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) since 2019.

Property, plant and equipment

A detailed, practical chapter on financial reporting of property, plant and equipment under FRS 102, section 17 and FRS 105, section 12. Includes sections on initial recognition, subsequent measurement, depreciation, impairment of assets, derecognition and disclosure requirements, with many worked examples.

Goodwill and intangible assets

A chapter on the accounting treatment of goodwill and intangible assets under FRS 102, Section 18 'Intangible Assets other than Goodwill' and FRS 102, Section 19 'Business Combinations and Goodwill'. Written for tax practitioners who wish to gain a better understanding of accounting rules in the UK.

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Intangible assets other than goodwill

Fully updated guide focusing on each area of the financial statement in detail with illustrative examples. This chapter gives a comparison of FRS 102 Section 18 and IFRS, and covers recognition and initial measurement, measurement after initial recognition, presentation and disclosure, and a selection of practical implementation issues (such as website costs).

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Example accounts

Model accounts and disclosure checklists for UK GAAP
The ICAEW Library can provide model accounts and disclosure checklists for FRS 101, FRS 102, FRS 102 Section 1A, FRS 103 and FRS 105. The examples and checklists cover a broad range of entities, including small companies, charities, groups, LLPs and micro-companies.


Further reading

Manuals and handbooks

The ICAEW Library stocks the latest UK GAAP handbooks and manuals. You can browse all our books on FRS 102 and intangible assets or request any of the following popular titles by contacting us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat, or at library@icaew.com

GAAP 2019: UK reporting – FRS 102 (Volume B)
Deloitte, Croner-i, 2019
Comprehensive manual explaining how to apply FRS 102, with worked examples and extensive interpretation and guidance. The chapter on intangible assets other than goodwill covers recognition, past expenses not to be recognised as an asset, measurement, amortisation over useful life, impairment losses, retirements and disposals, and disclosures.

Manual of accounting: UK GAAP
PwC, Lexis Nexis, 2019
Practical guide with worked examples throughout, dealing with day-to-day issues as well as complex questions. The chapter on intangible assets other than goodwill looks at the characteristics of intangible assets, specific recognition and measurement requirements, past expenses, amortisation, impairment, derecognition, presentation and disclosure.

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