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New Lease Accounting Standards

NEW LEASE Accounting Standards

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently issued a new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) designed to improve financial reporting about leasing transactions. Businesses and nonprofit organizations that lease assets, such as real estate and construction and manufacturing equipment, will be affected.

The ASU will require organizations that lease assets to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations these leases create. All leases with lease terms of more than 12 months, both finance and operating leases, will have to be recognized on the balance sheet. The new ASU also calls for certain disclosures to help investors and other financial statement users understand the amount, timing, and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases.

For public companies, the ASU is effective for fiscal years (and interim periods within those fiscal years) beginning after December 15, 2018. The ASU is effective for all other organizations for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and for interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020.