Pension Accounting and Fair Value

Authored by: Christopher J. Napier

The Routledge Companion to Fair Value and Financial Reporting

Print publication date:  May  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415423564
eBook ISBN: 9780203815151
Adobe ISBN: 9781136713101


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Accounting for pensions, and other benefits due to employees after they retire, has been one of the most controversial areas of financial reporting over the past 25 years. In the late 1970s, many employers accounted for their pension plans on a mainly cash basis, and pension assets and liabilities were rarely recognized on employers’ balance sheets. The effect of a series of financial reporting standards has transformed the position, so that employers are now required to recognize substantial liabilities (or, more rarely, assets) reflecting their obligations to provide pensions and other post-retirement benefits.

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