Accounting for changes to lease contracts
Lease modifications are very common. For example, a lessee with a struggling business may seek to negotiate lower lease payments or terminate some leases early. Or a lessor may wish to end a lease early so that it can redevelop or redeploy the underlying asset.
Whatever the reason for the change, the resulting accounting can be complicated.
Our Lease modifications (PDF 1.2 MB) publication contains practical guidance and examples showing how to account for the most common forms of lease modifications.
IFRS 16, the new leases standard, introduces detailed guidance on accounting for lease modifications for both lessee and lessor.
This is good news, providing clarity and consistency in an area where there has been little guidance – and much diversity – in the past.
Many companies will need to address historical lease modifications now, as part of their transition project.
And all companies will need to prepare for lease modifications that will take place after transition – a key ‘day two’ aspect of the new world of lease accounting.
Our Lease modifications (PDF 1.2 MB) publication contains practical guidance and examples showing how to account for the most common forms of lease modifications. We hope you will find it useful as you prepare to adopt the new standard in 2019.
Visit our IFRS – Leases hot topics page for more insight on lease accounting under IFRS.
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