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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ASBCA Holds that Leases are not Necessarily Subject to CAS 404

In Exelis, Inc., ASBCA No. 60131 (29 Aug. 2016), the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA”) held that a concern whether a building lease was a capital lease or an operating lease is not subject to Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”) 404. In 2007, the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) released its audit of Exelis’ 2004 final indirect cost rates. DCAA questioned Exelis’ lease costs, finding that the building lease was a capital lease instead of an operating lease as claimed by Exelis and that Exelis could only include building depreciation in its indirect cost pool rather than the entire. Read More.

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