A lot has happened this year that impacts leasing arrangements and your financial statements. The logic for making the change is that balance sheets are currently very different for businesses that own a building compared to businesses that rent a building. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has recognized the struggles companies have been facing during the pandemic and has proactively proposed changes to its processes and requirements for lessees and lessors in light of these … On February 25, 2016, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. The FASB has set the effective date for the new lease rules as 2020 for calendar year-end private companies. The new standard will require organizations that lease assets— referred to as “lessees”—to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations created by those leases. COVID-19 has shifted the landscape in nearly every industry, and the lease accounting and compliance sectors have been no exception. On November 11, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to begin the process of issuing new rules governing the accounting for leases. Under the new guidance, a lessee will be required to recognize assets and liabilities for leases with lease terms of more than 12 months. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be various accounting and financial reporting considerations specific to the application of the US GAAP and IFRS lease accounting requirements, including those introduced by the FASB’s new lease accounting standard (ASC 842). FASB proposed delaying the lease accounting effective date for: Private companies and private not-for-profits, which would have the option to apply the new lease accounting standard for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2021, and to interim periods within fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2022. COVID-19’s impact on lease accounting. 119 and Update to SEC Section on Effective Date Related to Accounting Standards Update No. The rules for accounting for leases in a set of financial statements in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) will change significantly starting in 2020. The FASB on July 29, 2020, voted to issue a proposal in September that amends lease accounting rules in three targeted areas companies flagged as … Now, under the new lease standards, which are effective for public companies starting in 2019 and for non-public companies in 2020, all leases will appear on the balance sheet with associated assets and liabilities. In general, a lease gives a lessee the right to use a specific asset for a specified period of time in exchange for consideration. 2020-02, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326) and Leases (Topic 842): Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842).The objective of this ASU is to increase transparency and comparability in financial reporting by requiring balance sheet recognition of leases and note disclosure of certain information about lease … The final standard is expected to be published in January 2016. But many companies had difficulty adjusting to the extensive changes and in 2015, FASB voted to push back the dates for public companies until 2018 and for private companies and most nonprofits until 2019 or 2020, depending on their reporting period. FASB Accounting Standards Update No. Banks will first report results under the new lease accounting standard in April, when they file first-quarter earnings, Shoemaker said. The first set of audited yearly results under the new standard will appear in 2020, when banks issue their 10-Ks for 2019. In this timely episode, host Heather Horn is joined by Chad Soares and Marc Jerusalem to talk about some of the lease accounting issues in the commercial real estate area that are top-of-mind for companies in the current environment.