The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants has issued IPAS 21, 'Impairment of Non-Cash-Generating Assets', a guideline which prescribes the basis to help a government entity determine whether a non-cash-generating asset is impaired and whether a loss should be recognized. This new standard applies to governments and other public sector entities preparing general purpose financial statements under the accrual basis of accounting and requires that an asset not be carried at an amount in excess of its recoverable service amount. The entity would subsequently have to determine whether there is any indication that a non-cash generating asset may be impaired. IPAS 21 includes: Definitions of cash-generating assets and impairment. Guidance on identifying an asset that may be impaired. Guidance on measuring an asset's recoverable service amount. Guidance on measuring an impairment loss. Requirements for the recognition and reversal of an impairment loss. The standard may be downloaded from the IFAC Web site at www.ifac.org. The IFAC is a global accounting organization comprised of 163 professional accounting bodies in 119 countries.

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