SEBI has issued guidelines on Accounting with respect to Indian Accounting Standards (IND AS).  SEBI vide notification dated January 25, 2022 amended SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 (MF Regulations), which, inter-alia, mandated that the AMCs shall prepare the Financial Statements and Accounts of the Mutual Fund Schemes in accordance with IND AS with effect from April 01, 2023.

Key features:

  1. Mutual Fund Schemes shall prepare the opening balance sheet as on date of transition and the comparatives as per the requirements of IND AS.
  2. Perspective historical per unit statistics mentioned in Clause 6 of Eleventh Schedule of MF Regulations requires disclosure of scheme wise per unit statistics for the past 3 years. In this regard, Mutual Fund schemes may not be mandatorily required to restate the previous years published perspective historical per unit statistics as per requirement of IND AS for the first two years from first time ad option of IND AS. However, Mutual Fund schemes shall furnish following additional information in perspective historical per unit statistics:
    • Label the previous Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) information prominently as not being prepared in accordance with IND AS; and
    • Disclose the nature of the adjustments that would be required to make it comply with IND AS. Mutual Funds schemes need not quantify those adjustment.
It is clarified that Brokerage and transaction cost incurred for the purpose of execution shall be charged to the schemes as provided under Regulation 52 (6A) (a) upto 12 bps and 5 bps for cash market transactions and derivatives transactions respectively. Any payment towards brokerage & transaction costs, over and above the said 12 bps and 5
bps for cash market transactions and derivatives transactions respectively may be charged to the Scheme within the maximum limit of Total Expense Ratio (TER) as prescribed under Regulation 52 of the SEBI (Mutual Finds) Regulations, 1996.

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