The deadline for implementing the FASB’s new leases accounting standard, ASC 842, is fast approaching. Many private companies are only just now realizing that they need to examine their leases in light of the new requirements to bring most leases on-balance sheet. Adding right-of-use assets and corresponding liabilities could change important ratios and impact lending agreements, and more.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about how you will ensure compliance in 2020.
Overview Of The Standard
The FASB passed this new standard due to concern that a company’s balance sheet did not truly reflect its assets and liabilities without including lease obligations. After all, they are an ongoing expense and, in some industries, can significantly impact the business’s results.