Lease Definition

Under the new lease accounting standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16, the way companies define leases will change. Most leases will no longer be referenced in footnotes, but will be identified and reported on the balance sheet. Under ASC 842, leases will need to be classified as operating or finance. In many instances, lease identification will remain unchanged from the previous standards. However, there are new rules that will change the identification of some leases.

Key Considerations

1. Does a contract contain an embedded lease? Is there an identified asset in the contract? Who controls the asset? Is the asset substitutable? Who gets the economic benefits from use of the asset?

2. How are sale leaseback and built-to-suit transactions accounted for differently? What are the requirements to determine if a sale has been completed? How is control of the asset determined?

3. Do the assets meet one of the exceptions under IFRS 16? Are they less than 12 months in term or less than $5000 in value?

What the Experts Think

Links to Additional Resources

In this document KPMG reviews how leases will be defined under the new IASB lease accounting standards, IFRS 16.

In this webcast, KPMG reviews how leases will be defined under FASB's new lease accounting standards, ASC 842.

In this video, Chuck Melko from PwC, discusses how to identify leases that may be present in long-term supply contracts.

In this video, Derek Carmichael from PwC discusses how to identify leases under the new IASB leasing standard, IFRS 16.

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