The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted to tentatively stagger effective dates for major accounting standards and to defer new standards on lease accounting (Topic 842) and credit losses (Topic 326). In addition, FASB voted to defer amendments to accounting for derivatives and hedging (Topic 815) for certain reporting entities. Accordingly, the effective date of the new lease accounting standard has tentatively been deferred to periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2020 for all entities other than:
- Public business entities
- Not-for-profit entities that have issued, or are conduit bond obligors for, securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market
- Employee benefit plans that file financial statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Therefore, the new lease accounting standard is tentatively effective for reporting entities with calendar year ends, other than those included in the list above, beginning on Jan. 1, 2021.
FASB plans to issue a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), which is expected to have a 30-day comment period, covering these decisions during the third quarter of 2019.
“Over the last 12, months we’ve received calls from many clients as they have been overwhelmed by the resources, technology, and time needed to implement the lease accounting standard,” noted Swami Venkat, a partner in CohnReznick’s Advisory Group.
“The misconception has been that the lease accounting standard would be easier to implement than previous large, significant standards, but the reality is much different,” said Robert Hilbert, Managing Partner of CohnReznick’s National Assurance Practice.
The Jan. 1, 2019 effective date within ASC 842 for calendar-year-end public business entities, certain employee benefit plans, and not-for-profit conduit bond obligors would remain unchanged.
For more information, read about the lease accounting standard.
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