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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceOther - Business & Finance · 1 decade ago

What intangible assets do not appear on the balance sheet?

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  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    An entity may have a team of skilled staff and may be able to identify incremental staff skills leading to future economic benefits from training. The entity may also expect that the staff will continue to make their skills available to the entity. However, an entity usually has insufficient control over the expected future economic benefits arising from a team of skilled staff and from training for these items to meet the definition of an intangible asset. For a similar reason, specific management or technical talent is unlikely to meet the definition of an intangible asset, unless it is protected by legal rights to use it and to obtain the future economic benefits expected from it, and it also meets the other parts of the definition. [IAS 38.15]

    An entity may have a portfolio of customers or a market share and expect that, because of its efforts in building customer relationships and loyalty, the customers will continue to trade with the entity. However, in the absence of legal rights to protect, or other ways to control, the relationships with customers or the loyalty of the customers to the entity, the entity usually has insufficient control over the expected economic benefits from customer relationships and loyalty for such items (e.g. portfolio of customers, market shares, customer relationships and customer loyalty) to meet the definition of intangible assets. [IAS 38.16]

    Internally generated goodwill shall not be recognised as an asset. [IAS 38.48]

    Expenditure on internally generated brands, mastheads, publishing titles, customer lists and items similar in substance cannot be distinguished from the cost of developing the business as a whole. Therefore, such items are not recognised as intangible assets. [IAS 38.63]

  • woody
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    people are one good example. a company may have the brightest engineers on staff but they do not carrry them as an asset

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