Turkey sees company balance sheets inflation-adjusted until 2026

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ISTANBUL, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Turkish companies’ end-2023 balance sheets will be inflation-adjusted, with adjustments expected to continue until 2026 in light of current inflation forecasts, the Treasury told Reuters.

The move comes after Turkish inflation soared above 85% last year following an aggressive rate-cutting cycle that sparked a currency crash in late 2021. Inflation subsequently declined but rose again in recent months, standing at 61.5% in September.

In written answers to questions from Reuters, the Treasury said any profit or loss resulting from inflation adjustments in end-2023 balance sheets would not affect companies’ 2023 tax bases but could affect them in subsequent years.

The Treasury made the comments after its revenue administration published a draft regulation last week detailing a move to inflation accounting, marking a return to the practice after a break of about 20 years.

In the last two years, companies have sought to protect themselves from high inflation and those which have turned to non-monetary fixed assets are expected to receive higher profits and pay correspondingly higher taxes in 2024.

Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek has led a return toward more orthodox economic policies since his appointment following May elections.

The central bank has meanwhile hiked interest rates by 2,150 basis points to 30% to counter inflation after years of loose policy.

Reporting by Ebru Tuncay and Birsen Altayli
Writing by Daren Butler
Editing by Helen Popper

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