POSITIVE CONFIRMATION Definition

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POSITIVE CONFIRMATION is the positive form of a receivables confirmation asking the customer to respond whether the customer agrees or disagrees with the client's reported receivable balance. The negative form of accounts receivable confirmation asks the client's customer to respond only if the customer disagrees with the balance determined by the client. The negative form is used when controls over receivables are strong and accounts receivable consists of many accounts with small balances. The positive form is used when controls are weak or there are fewer, but larger, accounts.

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SPLIT ACCOUNTING, under IAS 39, provides that if certain conditions are met the 'embedded derivative' in a 'hybrid (combined) financial instrument' (i.e, a financial instrument which includes a non-derivative 'host contract' as well as an embedded derivative) must be accounted for separately from the 'host contract'.

IASC is International Accounting Standards Committee.

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