IFRS and US GAAP Accounting for Leases (2 days)
This program provides in-depth coverage of the new IFRS and US GAAP lease accounting standards. In January 2016 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published IFRS 16, which supersedes IAS 17 (and related Interpretations) for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. The US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) published Topic 842, its own new leasing standard, in February 2016: public business entities must apply the new provisions for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018.
Leasing has proved an important and flexible source of financing for many years. Existing accounting rules produce different results, depending on whether a lease is classified as a finance (US GAAP uses the term ‘capital’) or an operating lease. Lessees currently account for operating leases off balance sheet and merely disclose the commitment to pay future rentals as a note to the financial statements. Listed companies using IFRS or US GAAP are estimated to have around $3.3 trillion of lease commitments, 85% of which do not appear on the balance sheet. Under the respective IFRS and US GAAP Conceptual Frameworks, all leases produce assets and liabilities that meet the criteria for balance sheet recognition but accounting by lessees for operating leases has been exempted from this treatment. Users often try to estimate the impact of the off balance sheet lease obligations, with limited accuracy.
The IASB and the FASB have jointly developed their new standards over a number of years and have reached the same conclusions in many areas:
- Definition of a lease
- Recognition by lessees of all leases on the balance sheet
- Measurement of lease liabilities
- Lessor accounting unchanged, i.e. the finance and operating lease distinction remains for lessors
- Enhanced disclosure requirements
However the Boards have not been able to agree on all matters, notably the pattern of recognizing expenses by lessees in the income statement and an exemption for low value assets.
This two-day course provides an in-depth review of the new standards.
Using case studies, examples and exercises, our specialist instructors explain and illustrate all the important issues.
This program answers questions such as:
- How must arrangements be analyzed to determine whether they contain leases?
- How are contracts separated into lease and service components?
- How are leases accounted for in the financial statements of lessees?
- How does IFRS and US GAAP differ?
- What are the enhanced disclosure requirements?
- What are the transitional provisions?
- What are the practical implications for lessees, lessors and users of the new standards?
- Defining a lease
- Separating a contract into lease and service components
- Exemptions for short leases and leases of low value assets
- Determining the lease term
- Lessee Accounting
- Measurement - initial and subsequent
- Lessor Accounting
- Classification as operating or finance/capital leases
- Finance leases - recognition and measurement
- Operating leases - recognition and measurement
- Sale and Leaseback Transactions
- Assessing whether a transfer is a sale
- Differences between IFRS and US GAAP Standards
- Transitional Rules - Choices
- Practical Implications
- Effects on different sectors - financial statements and performance measures
- Financial covenants
- Group live instruction by specialist instructors
- Description and explanation of IFRS technical requirements in clear and simple language
- Use of case studies and real-world examples to illustrate practical application of the standards
- Interactive participation is encouraged
- All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials
Understanding of basic accounting principles based on any national standards. No advance preparation is required for this course.
- Comply with the new accounting and disclosure requirements for leases
- Analyze contracts to determine whether they contain leases
- Apply the rules for initial and subsequent measurement by lessors and lessees
- Know the differences between IFRS and US GAAP
- Plan for the implications of the new accounting standards for leases – what it means for you
See what past participants said about this course:
It was very good! (and the food was excellent!). At the start when I saw the material, I thought there would be too many examples but the walkthrough of all of them, reviewing the journal entries, certainly helped to get a solid understanding of the nuances of the new standard. I will certainly recommend IASeminars courses for those who have the opportunity.
Enbridge Inc., Canada
Good training materials, lots of examples. Venue is good and food is good.
Dinah Ortega, Supervisor Tax & Financial Reporting,
FortisAlberta Inc., Canada
Excellent course and the presenter is very knowledgeable. The course content was very well thought out and explained. Easy to follow and straightforward examples provided.
Who should attend?
This course is primarily designed for those who are engaged in leasing activities in their company or are considering doing so in the future. The course is applicable to treasury staff, industry controllers, accountants, analysts, internal and external auditors and other finance professionals who are interested in learning the impending changes to lease accounting.
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Field of study: Accounting
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- Our London seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered delegates by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.
Robert Moulin (United Kingdom) is an international trainer and consultant specialising in International Financial Reporting Standards. He has been designing and delivering IFRS training courses for over 15 years, in such regions as Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Far East. Rob’s teaching work also includes preparing candidates for the final level corporate reporting exams of several global accountancy bodies. An experienced facilitator, Rob also leads workshops for senior managers and owner-entrepreneurs to help develop their business strategy and financial and commercial awareness. He has worked in various senior financial positions for companies large and small, including global players such as Bacardi and Mattel. Also a trained journalist, Rob has produced and presented financial programmes for the UK’s national TV broadcaster. Robert is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
Bill Kemp (UK) is IASeminars' Senior Instructor and a consultant specialising in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and the comparison of such standards with UK, US and Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). He has delivered many public and in-house training courses around the world to a diverse audience from sectors including government and non-profit, financial services, retail, real estate, oil & gas, telecoms, and IT. An experienced educator, he was formerly Managing Director of a major London financial training company. Bill's work also includes training and consulting on financial statement analysis and business valuation, and he teaches on the International Accounting MSc programme of the London School of Economics. He is a UK chartered accountant, and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Oxford University.
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