Lease Accounting Standard Effective 1.1.22

Implementing the new lease standard is not just a one-time exercise. It requires changes to accounting processes and financial reporting controls. Accounting policy elections and practical expedients will affect the overall process and timeline—so AAFCPAs advises clients to assess them early. Effective implementation requires a thorough evaluation of resources and your organization should identify someone to take the lead for this work.

Many chief finance executives expect the level of effort to implement to be extremely painful.

Key Considerations

  • Define a lease
  • Exceptions
  • What is included in cost of right of use assets
  • Types of leases
  • Capitalized operating leases
    • Finance leases
    • Financial statement impact
  • Transition issues
  • Guidance for new leases
  • Tax considerations
  • GAAP vs. other basis of accounting
  • Lessor accounting

AAFCPAs Lease ASU Implementation Checklist

AAFCPAs designed a comprehensive checklist to help clients understand the scope of the ASU implementation process.

Download the checklist here.>>

How will you approach this ASU Implementation?

AAFCPAs’ Consulting Services Include:

  • Assessing the impact of the standard on the organization/company, including assisting with the inventorying of all existing leases and terms; assisting with the development of an implementation schedule to appropriately allocate internal resources to achieve compliance with the new standard; reviewing and updating accounting policies and procedures to reflect the required changes.
  • Analysis of qualifying lease agreements, including any lease modifications and documentation of detailed summaries and accounting treatments; guidance on interpreting the criteria necessary to classify leases as operation or financing; guidance on bundling lease agreements and similar polices and accounting treatments with the goal of improving efficiency of analysis; and assessing the impact and desirability of electing available practical expedients.
  • Assessing the impact of the new standard on debt covenants.
  • Assessing the impact on drafting financial statements, footnote disclosures, including transition election and presentation.
  • Lease Accounting Software Selection & Implementation: AAFCPAs will identify the most appropriate IT solutions, including a cost/benefit analysis related to the utilization of lease software solutions and system selection including implementation support.

AAFCPAs assembled its Lease Accounting Task Force to ensure clients can implement the new ASU with efficiency and ease. We have been dedicated to interpreting and advising clients on the ASU since introduced by the FASB back in 2016.

Contact us to discuss how the new lease standard will impact your organization—and how we can help.

About the Authors

Jeff Mead, Audit Partner
Jeffrey is a Partner and leader of AAFCPAs’ Commercial Practice, providing proactive audit/assurance, tax, and advisory solutions for closely-held and privately-owned businesses. His diverse commercial client base includes: professional service firms, technology companies, publishers, and manufacturers/distributors.
Matthew Hutt CPA
Matt leads AAFCPAs’ Healthcare Division, providing assurance, tax and advisory solutions for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), behavioral health providers, home care agencies and hospices, nursing homes, and senior care living centers. Matt advises healthcare providers on consolidation and coordination of care, including the integration of behavioral health into the primary care delivery system. He also provides consulting solutions for providers transitioning to new value-based reimbursement models, and data driven patient care, including: developing business process and controls for collecting and advantaging data to provide analysis on: provider activity, delivery of care, and analysis of efficiency & cost effectiveness. Matt is also highly-sought after for his knowledge on issues related to affordable housing developers with requirements related to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, MassHousing, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historical Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits.