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Finance Act 2012

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1.Section 54 will ensure the change of basis tax legislation, dealing with the consequences of certain changes of accounting policy, applies to the accounting transition adjustments arising from all changes of accounting policy between one period of accounts and the next.  The revised legislation will therefore apply to the accounting transition adjustments arising from the proposed changes to UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (UK GAAP).

2.Acceptable accounting policies for computing taxable profits are those contained within International Accounting Standards (IAS) and UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (UK GAAP).  The Accounting Standards Board (ASB) announced in October 2010 that it intends to significantly change what constitutes UK GAAP during 2012.  There are a number of areas where the proposed new UK GAAP differs from current UK GAAP resulting in one-off accounting adjustments on transition.

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