Deprication method - an accounting policy, but why not the change?

"The auditor should obtain a clear understanding of accounting policy adopted by the entity regarding depreciation and amortization" It is clear from the above statement that the method of Depriciation selected by the entity is a part of accounting policy adopted by the entity. My Q is, if entity decides to change its deprication method, how come it change in estimate and not a change in policy?

Kumarjit Dey

Kumarjit Dey

CA Inter


13-Nov-20 16:53


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Refer to AS-10. The depreciation method used should reflect the pattern in which the future economic benefits of the asset are expected to be consumed by the enterprise. The depreciation method applied to an asset should be reviewed at least at each financial year-end and, if there has been a significant change in the expected pattern of consumption of the future economic benefits embodied in the asset, the method should be changed to reflect the changed pattern. Such a change should be accounted for as a change in an accounting estimate in accordance with AS 5.

Suraj Lakhotia

Suraj Lakhotia


13-Nov-20 20:04

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