At their July 17 joint meeting, the FASB and IASB (the boards) completed their redeliberations of the leases project and instructed their staff to begin drafting the revised exposure draft. The boards expect to issue the revised exposure draft by the end of November 2012 with a 120-day comment period. The difficulties encountered during the 18-month-long redeliberation process were highlighted when the board members were asked whether they planned to present an alternative view to the revised proposals. Some members of each board indicated that they may present alternative views. This In brief article highlights some of their concerns.
At their July 17, 2012 joint meeting, the FASB and IASB (the boards) completed their redeliberations of the leases project and instructed their staff to begin drafting the revised exposure draft. The boards expect to issue the revised exposure draft by the end of November 2012 with a 120-day comment period.
However, the difficulties encountered during the 18-month-long redeliberation process were highlighted when the board members were asked whether they planned to present an alternative view to the revised proposals.
Three of the seven FASB members stated they may present alternative views. These board members have significant concerns about whether some of the core objectives of the project are met in the revised proposal. Other specific concerns include the accounting for variable leases payments, whether the proposed disclosures will provide useful information to financial statement users, and the interaction of lessor accounting with the proposed revenue recognition model.
In contrast, IASB members contemplating presenting an alternative view primarily expressed concern about the conceptual merits of a dual, rather than single, lease accounting approach being applied by both lessees and lessors.
At the meeting, the boards also discussed the presentation and disclosure implications of the dual lease accounting approach. Refer to In brief 2012-15, A dual model for lease accounting: redrawing the lines, for more information about this approach.
The FASB plans to meet again in August 2012 to address whether to provide any practical expedients to the revised exposure draft for private companies. The FASB and IASB are also expected to meet prior to release of the revised exposure draft to discuss any issues that might arise during the drafting process.
PwC clients who have questions about this In brief should contact their engagement partner. Engagement teams that have questions should contact the Leasing team in the National Professional Services Group (1-973-236-7805).
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