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What is commercial substance is a nonmonetary exchange?

When determining if a nonmonetary exchange has commercial substance, the key factor that will be applied is if the exchange is expected to cause significant changes to the entity’s future cash flows.

Commercial substance will exist if the future cash flows change as a result of the transaction. The entity’s future cash flows will be expected to significantly change if one of the following exists:


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