Current Value Accounting Technique

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Editorial Team

Updated on March 06, 2023

Under the current value accounting method, all assets and liabilities are shown in the balance sheet at their current values.

The difference in the value of net assets at the start and end of the year is known either as profit or loss. Significantly, determining current values is not a straightforward task.


Horizon Ltd. Balance Sheet

The general index was 100 in 2009 (i.e., the base year). It was 200 in 2018 and 250 in 2019. No dividend was paid in 2019.

Required: Prepare the following:


Conversion of Assets at Current Values (2019 Index)


Conversion of liabilities at current value 2019

Sundry Creditors: 250/200, 25,000, 30,000, 31,250, 30,000

Calculation of loss for holding current assets


Loss = Current values - Historical values of current assets

= 81,250 - 65,000 = $16,250

Calculation of gain from current liabilities

From Sundry Creditors (Current Value - Historical Values)

= 31,250 - 25,000 = $6,250

Net loss from holding current assets and current liabilities

= 16,250 - 6,250 = $10,000

Supplementary Income Statement at Current Values


Supplementary Comparative Balance Sheet at Current Values


Current Value Accounting Technique FAQs

About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

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