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Lease Accounting Readiness (ASC 842)

Are you ready to implement the new leases standard? With new practical expedients, many organizations should re-evaluate their implementation plan. No plan in place? Now is the time to begin.

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What are the lease standard changes?

ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), changes the financial reporting requirements of companies that enter into leasing transactions for assets such as real estate, vehicles and equipment. It will significantly affect organizations having arrangements that need to be accounted for under the new standard.

  • All lease arrangements and amendments will need to be identified, inventoried and reviewed by accounting to identify the changes necessary to comply with the new standard.
  • Other contractual arrangements, such as supplier arrangements and service contracts, can contain embedded lease arrangements that will also need to be identified and reviewed.
  • Identifying and understanding all lease arrangements will be a cross-functional effort.
  • Implementation could require new or revised lease administration software applications, policies, procedures and controls, both for accounting and operations.
  • Significant judgments, estimates and periodic revision of estimates will be required, including testing for the potential impairment of right-of-use assets.
  • Documenting the judgments required to implement the standard (including practical expedients and accounting policy elections) is critical for audit preparedness.
  • Financial reporting changes could potentially impact debt covenants, key performance indicators (KPIs), cost of capital decisions and other strategic planning efforts.

Effective dates of new lease standard

Public business entities: Fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018

Non-public business entities: Fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2021*

*In June 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-05 which provided an additional one year delay in the effective date for nonpublic business entities.

Early adoption is permitted for all entities as of Feb. 25, 2016 (issuance date of final standard).

What to do now

Gather and talk to your stakeholders:

It’s important to gather the people that need to be involved throughout the process and get their input on the effort they think your organization will need to expend.

Talk to your Baker Tilly advisors:

Talk with your advisors and begin to understand the process and how your organization can successfully implement accounting and systems changes for long-term success with leases accounting.

Companies need to begin the process now to determine how much of an impact the changes will have on their financial statements, debt covenants, processes, documentation and controls.

    How Baker Tilly can help you in the adoption of ASC 842

    Project oversight

    • Project management ~ Implementation plan
    • Employee training ~ Policies and procedures

    Adoption impact

    • Lease identification and inventory
    • Lease portfolio analysis ~ Embedded lease analysis
    • Readiness risk assessment

    Lease administration software

    • Lease software evaluation and selection
    • Lease software implementation

    Financial reporting

    • Incremental Borrowing Rate (IBR) determination support
    • Lease abstraction
    • Transition and post-adoption journal entries
    • Footnote disclosures

    Post-adoption

    • Financial statement impact assessment
    • Outsourced lease administration
    • Lease structuring advisory

    Implementation process

    Baker Tilly has developed a four-step methodology, tailored to your organization’s needs, to help you through the complex process of assessing impact, developing a plan and implementing that plan across your organization.

    Implementation process ASC 842

    Steps 1 and 2

    Step 1: Create Task Force and implementation plan

    • Establish/define resources to take the lead on understanding and implementing the new lease standard. Input will be needed from finance, accounting, tax, real estate, legal and technology.
    • Create Task Force to oversee implementation process.
    • Establish a plan and timeline for project implementation.
    • Evaluate lease administration software options and determine how software can assist in managing the lease portfolio after transition to ASC 842.

    Step 2: Identify all leases, transition method and IBR

    • Engage and train appropriate team members who will be compiling lease documents and performing lease abstracts.
    • Ensure all leases have been identified.
    • Confirm current lease documents and all amendments are on file.
    • Decide on transition method (with or without Package of Practical Expedients).
    • Gather data and prepare documentation to support the company’s determination of its IBR.

    Steps 3 and 4

    Step 3: Lease evaluation, data extraction and review

    • Abstract lease data using a standard process.
    • Evaluate key lease elements impacted by ASC 842: lease and nonlease components (gross vs. net leases), lease terms and renewal options.
    • Load lease data into lease software, including data such as lease clauses appropriate for continuing lease portfolio management.
    • Review lease data to ensure it is correct, consistent and complete.
    • If lease software entries will be uploaded to an accounting system, confirm lease software data feed is mapped correctly to the G/L account codes.

    Step 4: Implementation

    • Confirm transition method, judgments and use of practical expedients and accounting policy elections.
    • Perform lease analysis  and create required journal entries.
    • Verify lease entries and/or data feed are properly recorded in the financial records.
    • Revise footnote disclosures as appropriate.
    • Develop internal policies and procedures to address new leases, lease terminations, lease modifications and potential future impairment.
    • Communicate updates to relevant stakeholders.

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    Baker Tilly has partnered with three software providers

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