New Lease Accounting Standards Postponed

On October 16, 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board voted to postpone the new lease accounting standards for leased assets after a unanimous vote. The delay gives private companies more time to figure out how the postponed new lease accounting standards affect the rental details for their properties and other leased assets as they report them on a balance sheet for the first time.

Expect an accounting standards update in November 2019.

Prepare and Evaluate the New Lease Standards for your Business

Postponing the change in lease accounting means the effective date for privately held companies is now effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. That means calendar year-end privately held companies have until January 1, 2021, to conform with the new standard. Private companies must use this added breathing room to prepare and evaluate these complexities, so there is a smooth transition to the new standard.

Credit Losses and Accounting for Hedges Standards Also Postponed

In addition to delaying the standards on accounting for leases, the FASB also unanimously voted to delay the standards for credit losses and accounting for hedges. The credit loss effective date is now effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022. The accounting for hedges date is now effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.

Early Adoption of New Lease Standards May Help Ease the Transition

Privately held companies may still elect to early-adopt these standards to avoid being in a position where many are right now—unsure of what the standards mean, how to implement them, and which software to use.

How DHJJ Can Help

Our advisors at DHJJ can help your business navigate through this complex and challenging change in lease accounting standards. Contact one of our assurance advisors by calling 630-420-1360 or fill out the form below. Click here to find out more about DHJJ’s Audit and Assurance Team. 

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