FRS 102 ― tax presentation and disclosures

By Tolley in association with Malcolm Greenbaum

The following Corporation Tax guidance note by Tolley in association with Malcolm Greenbaum provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • FRS 102 ― tax presentation and disclosures
  • Presentation
  • Offsetting
  • Disclosure
  • Sample disclosures


An entity must present changes in a current tax liability (or asset) and changes in a deferred tax liability (or asset) as a tax expense (or income). The exception is for those changes arising on the initial recognition of a business combination which must be dealt with in accordance with FRS 102, s 29.11. See FRS 102 – specific deferred tax issues for further information.

FRS 102 , s 29.21
Current tax

An entity must present the tax expense (or income) in the same component of total comprehensive income (ie continuing or discontinued operations, and profit or loss, or other comprehensive income) or equity as the transaction or other event that resulted in the tax expense (or income).

FRS 102, s 29.22
Deferred tax

Deferred tax liabilities must be presented within ‘provisions for liabilities’ in the balance sheet. Deferred tax assets must be presented within debtors.

FRS 102, s 29.23

Offsetting is the netting of assets and liabilities into the presentation of a single net figure in the accounts.

Current tax assets and liabilities

An entity must offset when, but only when, there is a legally enforceable right of set off (ie the tax law provides for setting off, for example when group relieving losses against taxable profits) and the reporting entity either intends:

  • to settle on a net basis, or
  • to realise the asset and settle the liability simultaneously

FRS 102, s 29.24

In practice it is difficult to realise a tax asset and settle a tax liability simultaneously, so the intention to settle on a net basis is key here.

If the assets and liabilities

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