GASB Offers Implementation Guidance on Leases Standard
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (“GASB”) leases standard goes into effect late next year, but the board urges state and local governments to start the implementation planning process now. Issued last June, GASB Statement No. 87, Leases, significantly changes how governments report leases on their financial statements. To assist governments, the GASB has published implementation guidance concerning GASB Statement No. 87. Read all about it at GASB.org.
Simplified Transition Method to FASB Lease Standard Approved
At its March 7 meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed to offer companies an easier method for transitioning to its lease standard. When adopting Accounting Standards Codification 842, Leases, companies will be able to recognize the cumulative impact of the standard as a change to the starting balance of their retained earnings. Previous guidance required companies to disclose the last two years of comparative results. Harold Schroeder was the lone FASB member to reject the streamlined transition method. Schroeder once stated that allowing companies to avoid retrospectively adopting the new standard would not clarify a company’s financial position. Read More.
GASB Article Focuses on Leases Standard
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has published an article on GASB Statement No. 87, Leases. Titled “Understanding Costs and Benefits,” the article covers the board’s assessment of the likely costs and benefits of its leases standard. The article also discusses how the GASB concluded that the expected benefits validate the costs, explains the board’s due process in approving Statement 87, and summarizes how governments should apply Statement 87. Issued in June 2017, GASB Statement No. 87 introduces a simplified approach to accounting for and disclosing leases by state and local governmental entities. The GASB based its standard on the belief that leases are. Read More.
Corp Fin’s Financial Reporting Manual Updated
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) has revised its Financial Reporting Manual , which provides informal guidance for Corp Fin staff members. Publicly available to help with the preparation of SEC filings, the updated manual includes revised guidance concerning the pro forma impact of adopting recently issued accounting standards. It also addresses the adoption of such standards after an entity loses its Emerging Growth Company status and clarifies the effective dates for certain public companies for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and ASU No. 2016-02, Leases, by the Financial Accounting Standards. Read More.
New GASB Statement on Leases Issued
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued a new single model to help state and local governments report leasing agreements. GASB Statement (“GASBS”) No. 87, Leases, categorizes leases as financing arrangements that allow customers to use the leased asset. Per the standard, governments that act as lessees must report a liability for the contract, as well as report an intangible asset indicating their ability to use the leased item. For government entities that are lessors, they must disclose a receivable for the lease and a deferred inflow of resources. Nonfinancial assets such as vehicles, heavy equipment, and property are. Read More.
GASB Newsletter Discusses New Leases Standard
In its latest newsletter, GASB Outlook, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) highlights the board’s forthcoming standards on lease accounting. Expected to be issued later this month, the new standard is necessary due to the current leasing guidance predating the GASB. The existing guidance also does not consider the conceptual framework, such as the definitions of assets and liabilities. Further, the new guidance will eliminate the distinction between operating and capital leases by handling all leases as financings. The lease standard will be effective for reporting periods starting after December 15, 2019. Read the full newsletter article on GASB.org.