In 20X6 Alpha AS made the decision to close a loss-making department in 20X7. The company proposed
to make a provision for the future costs of termination in the 20X6 profit or loss. Its argument
was that a liability existed in 20X6 which should be recognised in 20X6. The auditor objected to
recognising a liability, but agreed to recognition if it could be shown that the management decision
Discuss whether a liability exists and should be recognised in the 20X6 statement of financial position.