Meet Your Updated General Ledger Accounts Under the New Lease Standard

April 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM / by LeaseCrunch® posted in Lease Components, New Lease Standard

The new lease standard requires you to account for leases differently on your financial statements, which of course includes your general ledger. Learn what’s new in this blog, including a few intricacies and potential surprises to watch out for as you help clients implement the standard.

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ASC 842: Transitioning Leases and Why Equity Likely Isn’t Affected

March 26, 2019 at 10:17 AM / by LeaseCrunch® posted in Lease Components, New Lease Standard

When the changes in an accounting standard impact assets or liabilities, we are accustomed to the difference flowing through equity. The new lease standard, ASC 842, is different because equity is not typically impacted in the initial journal entries. It might seem strange to not use your trusty “Cumulative Effect of a Change in Accounting Principle” account when implementing a new standard, yet it’s true - and important to know to ensure that your lease assets and liabilities are properly recorded. So how does it work? Read on to learn more.

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What We Want to See Happen With the New Lease Standard in 2019

January 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM / by Ane Ohm posted in FASB, New Lease Standard, CPA Firms, Technology

As we kick off 2019, everyone posts predictions for the coming year and I enjoy reading those as much as the next person. With the new lease standard, it seems that predictions are more along the lines of, “the sky is falling!” There are only so many times we can hear that we’re in dire straits, so I thought I’d shake it up a bit.

Understanding the reality and the timeline of the new lease standard, what do I want to happen in 2019? Read on for my wishlist.

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When the New Lease Standard Goes into Effect and Other Key Dates

January 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM / by LeaseCrunch® posted in New Lease Standard, Lease Payments, IFRS

If your organization leases just about anything and follows Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the United States or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) elsewhere, then the new lease standard affects you.

If you’re affected, then you need to know certain key dates, starting with the date by when you have to adopt the new standard.

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Ask the Expert: John Hepp Discusses the New Lease Standard

December 17, 2018 at 1:21 PM / by Ane Ohm posted in FASB, New Lease Standard, CPA Firms, IFRS


Important note:
This is a judgment-based standard, which means there are few hard-and-fast rules and the treatment of your leases will depend on your unique situation. It's important that you always double-check decisions with an accounting professional who knows your circumstances. This blog should not be considered or take the place of professional advice or services.

We’re excited this month to share insights from our recent conversation with industry expert John Hepp. John is a retired partner from Grant Thornton and a former FASB project manager. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently on the faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

John discussed several nuances of the new lease accounting standard, from practical expedients (“the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down”) to discount rates and much more.

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CPA Playbook for Talking to Clients About the New Lease Standard

December 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM / by Joel Hess posted in New Lease Standard, CPA Firms

Have you spoken with your clients about the new lease standard? How many clients have begun preparing for implementation? Since the new lease standard doesn’t go into effect for another year for non-public organizations and most are still dealing with the new revenue recognition standard, we’re hearing that many haven’t put much effort into preparing for the new lease standard.

Given the time-consuming nature of implementing the new lease standard, it’s essential that any client with leases considers developing an implementation plan sooner rather than later. Because your firm will be more frequently interacting with clients in the next few months, it’s a perfect time to bring the new lease standard into the conversation.

In this blog, we’ll offer suggestions for having these discussions in conjunction with your assurance work to help you best prepare your clients for this significant change.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Implementing the New Lease Standard

October 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM / by Ane Ohm

The new lease standard is more complicated than companies expect and therefore often underestimated. Because of this, we are seeing some unfortunate trends as the new lease standard is implemented. Read on for the top five mistakes we’re seeing to avoid these challenges for your organization.

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FASB Amends the New Lease Standard

August 15, 2018 at 11:19 AM / by Ane Ohm posted in LeaseCrunch®, FASB, New Lease Standard, CPA Firms

On July 30, 2018, the FASB issued a greatly anticipated ASU related to the new lease standard. ASU 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842), Targeted Improvements, has two provisions that are intended to make transition to the new lease standard easier and less costly. One is an additional transition method, providing transition relief that will be of great interest to lessees and lessors. The other provides a new practical expedient for lessors in their identification and separation of lease components.

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How the New Lease Standard Affects Accounting for Common Area Maintenance (CAM)

June 26, 2018 at 7:00 AM / by Ane Ohm posted in LeaseCrunch®, Lease Components, New Lease Standard, CPA Firms

The new lease standard, ASC 842, changes the treatment of common area maintenance (CAM) within a real estate lease contract. Many real estate leases include some form of CAM, such as cleaning a building lobby, snow removal, landscaping, or janitorial services. Here are some things you need to know about CAM, including what is changing and a few practical examples.

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What Can CPA Firms Do Now To Help Clients With Policy Decisions in the New Lease Standard?

May 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by Ane Ohm posted in LeaseCrunch®, Lease Components, New Lease Standard, CPA Firms


Policy elections that must be made under the new lease accounting standard are a critical part of implementation planning. They impact your clients’ future accounting and financial statement disclosures and your clients may not have even considered them yet. For example:

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