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The FASB/IASB joint meeting for June was held June 17-19, 2014. The boards discussed subleases, lessee balance sheet presentation, and cash flow statement presentation. Discussions were made in the context of  the FASB's tentative decision to permit two different types of lessee presentation (Type...
July 01 2014
The FASB/IASB joint meeting on May 20-22, 2014, reached the following additional decisions for the new lease accounting standard, reviewing the Revised Exposure Draft (RED) and redeliberating on user reactions:
Allocating consideration between lease and non-lease components should be based on...
June 09 2014
(See prior post for information on lessees and the general redeliberation process) Lessor accounting update:
In response to a large chorus of, "It ain't broke, don't fix it," the boards in March decided that lessor accounting should be generally left unchanged. How many models? Both boards agreed...
May 19 2014
The FASB and IASB are underway with their redeliberations on the lease accounting standard, in the wake of the 641 letters received, plus additional outreach the staff and boards have undertaken since releasing the 2013 Exposure Draft. The deliberations are taking somewhat different turns for...
May 18 2014
On April 10, the FASB met for a final go/no-go decision on the revised exposure draft (RED) for the new lease accounting standard. The board members were asked, as part of the FASB's standard due process, whether they have concerns about financial reporting complexity in the draft. Three members...
April 25 2014
They all came in a flood at the last minute. Comment letters to the proposed new lease accounting standard were due September 13; while a few are trickling in late (including from such major companies as General Electric and Société Générale), the final count will probably end up being very close...
September 23 2013
Well, my plans for a step by step review of the Revised Exposure Draft were overrun by life this summer. A variety of events left me with little time for blogging. We're now just two days away from the end of the comment period, so I'm going to post a summary that is basically what we've provided...
September 11 2013
At long last, the Revised Exposure Draft (RED) for the proposed new lease accounting standard has been released by the IASB and FASB. A press release is available here; the actual RED is available from either the IASB or FASB.
The public comment period lasts until Sep. 13, 2013. Comments may be...
May 16 2013
The slow march to a new lease accounting standard has been drawn out yet again. On January 29 & 30, the FASB and IASB met to discuss issues that had arisen during the drafting process for the Revised Exposure Draft (RED). Details of those issues are below, but the most important news out of the...
February 14 2013
Opposition to the Revised Exposure Draft (RED) of the lease accounting standard is starting to build. Asset Finance International is reporting that the FASB's Investors Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC), at a meeting on July 24, unanimously disagreed with the boards' new approach to lease...
September 17 2012
On July 17, the IASB & FASB met to make their last decisions before releasing a revised exposure draft (RED) for the new lease accounting standard. The following decisions were reached (according to meeting notes posted at IASPlus):
Lessee accounting
Statement of financial position (balance...
July 19 2012
At the joint meeting of the IASB & FASB yesterday (June 13), the boards came to an agreement on the expense recognition patterns for lessee leases to be presented in the Revised Exposure Draft (RED). (My thanks to Asset Finance International for their summary of the board meeting.) If you're...
June 14 2012
The FASB & IASB had separate "education sessions" on June 6, to review the materials the staffs have prepared for next week's joint meeting regarding the new lease accounting standard (and other projects). The FASB session is available here; the discussion on leases starts at about 1 hour, 30...
June 07 2012
As mentioned in prior posts, one of the options that the FASB & IASB are looking at for expense recognition under the new lease accounting standard is to have a single lease expense item in the income statement, which would be level over the life of the lease no matter what the cash flows. The...
May 25 2012
This morning the FASB and IASB held a joint meeting at the FASB offices in Norwalk (part of a series of joint meetings all week long). The first item on today's agenda was a review of the outreach done on expense recognition options for the new lease accounting standard. As reported in my prior...
May 24 2012
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal (May 22) had a sizable article produced by CFO Journal, titled "Leases Suffer Identity Crisis," reviewing the controversy over expense recognition in the new lease accounting standard. Most of what's discussed there we've already seen, though a few items are worthy...
May 23 2012
At their February meeting, as previously reported, the FASB & IASB were split regarding the proper approach to expense recognition for leases under the new standard. They directed the staffs to do outreach, meeting with a total of nearly 200 preparers (companies and organizations that prepare...
May 17 2012
This morning the FASB met with the Small Business Advisory Committee. The meeting is continuing as I write this, but discussion on leases was near the beginning of the agenda, and that's what I'm concerned with.
A FASB staff member gave a bit of an update of the outreach they've been doing since...
May 10 2012
At the February meeting, the FASB & IASB directed the staffs to conduct outreach on the alternative expense recognition possibilities considered. The plan at the time was for results of the outreach to be discussed at the boards' combined meeting in April. The agenda for April has now been ...
April 13 2012
The IASB has posted on its web site the agenda papers for next week's combined IASB/FASB board meeting, which will include discussion of lease accounting. One of the agenda papers details the schedule from here out:
February boards meeting: last substantive discussions
March boards meeting: "...
March 23 2012