Codification Improvements to FASB Leases Standard Proposed

December 26, 2018

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has announced proposed amendments to its leases standard concerning possible lessor implementation issues related to Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The proposed changes would align the FASB’s guidance for fair value of the underlying asset by lessors not considered manufacturers or dealers under Topic 842, with existing guidance.

Thus, the fair value of the underlying asset at the start of the lease is its cost, and it would incorporate any applicable volume or trade discounts. If significant time has lapsed since the acquisition of the underlying asset and when the lease starts, however, entities would have to apply the fair value definition used in Topic 820, Fair Value Measurement.

Comments on Proposed ASU No. 2018-310, Leases (Topic 842)-Codification Improvements for Lessors, are due Tuesday, January 15.