Accounting Treatment for Intangible Assets

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AbstractAs intangible assets have become more and more important to companies and investors, the requests about intangible assets to be measured by the independent calculation is getting higher and higher. So the activities of having a separate standard for intangible assets is necessity and reasonable. But the conservative approach of accounting standards to intangible assets has brought many disputes. Based on the understanding of AASB 138, the attitude of accounting standard is reasonable and understandable since any improvement should experience many good practices and not disorder the stability of financial system. But in contrast, at the urgency time of the absence of financial statements, the accounting standards should make more efforts to improve the recognition, measurement and reporting of intangible assets.

IntroductionIn the knowledge-based economy, as the more intensifying of the competition, the knowledge and the information are playing more and more prominent roles in the business world to determine the success of the corporate.

As a result, the identifying and measuring the intangible assets have been the heated issues attracted many regulators and companies' attention. Being response to the tendency of the economic development, the regulators of the accounting has separated the standard of intangible assets from the tangible assets and formulated some new rules to measure the intangible assets. But on the way of improvement the measuring and reporting intangible assets, the standard has always adopted the conservative attitude which also arises many controversies from the companies and the regulators. This easy will firstly help people to know clearly about the definition of intangible assets, and then discuss the necessity to separate intangible assets from tangible assets. Following this, it will critically assess the conservative approach of accounting standard to recognition, measurement and reporting of intangible assets which has raised many contentious.

Definition of Intangible AssetsWithin a...