IAS 19 Demystified

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IAS 19 pdf (requires registration on the site). We do not keep the pdf on this site as the copyright issues are unclear. This document consists of 52 pages containing some 178 paragraphs.

What is IAS 19?

IAS 19 is the International Accounting Standard governing employee benefits accounting requirements. Under IAS 19, long-term employee benefits require an actuarial valuation.

What is an IAS 19 actuarial valuation?

An IAS 19 actuarial valuation is an assessment of a company’s current and future liabilities generated by employee benefits promises. To complete this valuation, an agreed set of financial and demographic assumptions are used. These are based on the actuary’s best estimates, preferably supported by historical data.
An IAS19 actuarial valuation requires skilled personnel, both in qualification and in specific experience and application, to meet the stringent reporting requirements. It is necessary to employ professionally qualified actuaries to perform this task.

Why conduct an IAS 19 valuation?

It is important for companies to understand with certainty their end of service gratuity liabilities and to determine whether they are under or over accruing for these employee benefit obligations. It is also important to understand the impact these liabilities will have on a company’s future cashflow.

Does IAS 19 apply to all countries and companies?

Any company or entity that chooses to meet IFRS disclosure requirements will have to comply with IAS 19 as one of the underlying requirements. Meeting IFRS might be mandated by government, or company Head Office, or by desire to commit to global financial reporting standards and to access world markets, or as a matter of best practice.

How does our Lux process work?

Collect; we reconcile and validate employee payroll data,
Engage with your team to set the valuation basis,
Calculate the actuarial cost of liabilities,
Conclude and make recommendations to Senior Management,
Present an extensive actuarial report within five to ten working days

What does the report show?

Our actuarial report, fully compliant with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’  professional standards (IFoA – London, UK) sets out the following:
1. Data: summary statistics
2. Assumptions: we set out the impact and materiality or significance of each of our assumptions (demographic and financial)
3. Methodology: we detail our approach in reaching the results, in accordance with IAS 19
4. Results: we set out the figures you should use in the year-end financials, in an easy-to-understand format, directly transferable to your financials
5. Future year expected cost, for budgeting and planning purposes
6. Projections: we roll forward the results and provide a projection of estimated benefits versus expected future cash flows over the remaining lifespan of the benefits scheme, for use in your longer-term budgeting process.
7. Member level cost and liability, as per agreed scope

How does Lux make your work as HR or Finance Director easier?

We undertake the actuarial valuation on behalf of your Company and ensure that the report is delivered in a timely, easy-to-use format.

What are the advantages of conducting an IAS 19 actuarial valuation?

A company’s adoption of IFRS, including IAS 19, ensures its financial statements are uniform and comparable to its peers. For long-term employee benefit liabilities, a projection of future cashflow is required up to employees’ estimated time of leaving/retirement/death. The projection should be conducted under multiple economic scenarios, in order to understand associated risks. This modelling of the future is what the actuarial profession specialises in.
By commissioning an IAS 19 actuarial valuation it helps your Company to understand, with certainty, your employee benefit obligations. Such an exercise also serves to identify intrinsic risks and associated mitigating actions which, if necessary, can be implemented without undue delay.

What other employee benefits services does Lux offer?

We offer more than actuarial valuation solutions. As employee benefit specialists we are well equipped to provide our clients with a number of value-added services, such as:
– Validation of internal accounting calculations and reporting
– Advice on scheme design, to match employee benefits liabilities, and/or reward employees via contributory savings
– Guidance on scheme governance and how to mitigate the risks – associated with employee benefit liabilities, including funding solutions
– Cost/Benefit analysis of introducing an employee benefits scheme, based on different scenarios
– Advice on asset/liability matching and risk-reducing strategies
– Employee payroll data audits, to verify accuracy and completeness
– Employee communications, including scheme booklets and total reward statements

How do I find out more?

Lux Actuaries & Consultants
Susan Turner, BSC, FPMI
Head of Employee Benefits Services
+971 52 851 4075