What You Need to Know About Lease Accounting

4 Credits: Accounting


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What You Need to Know About Lease Accounting

Course Level
CPE Credits

4 Credits: Accounting

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth overview of the lease accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in February 2016.  This includes a discussion of the primary reasons for the change as well as how to identify a lease within a contract.  This course also provides an in-depth review of lease classification, initial measurement, subsequent measurement, presentation & disclosure, as well as transition requirements.  The course concludes with a discussion of some of the significant differences between IFRS 16 (the IASB’s lease accounting standard) as well as private company considerations.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how the leasing standard has evolved and how the new standard is organized
  • Determine whether an arrangement contains a lease
  • Identify considerations with respect to substitution rights and decision-making rights
  • Identify the criteria for the new finance lease and short-term leases
  • Recognize the recognition and measurement requirements for both lessees and lessors
  • Identify the recognition criteria for sales-type, direct financing, and operating leases
  • Identify the overall requirements with respect to lease modifications
  • Identify the criteria used for sale and leaseback transactions
  • Identify the considerations with respect to a lessee’s involvement in construction of a leased asset
  • Identify the presentation requirements for both lessees and lessors
  • Recognize both qualitative and quantitative disclosure requirements for both lessees and lessors
  • Identify the effective date for the new lease accounting standards
  • Identify the significant differences between ASC 842 and IFRS 16
  • Recognize considerations of and alternatives provided to private companies
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
June 10, 2024

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

Kelen is a recognized author and reviewer of CPE courses and has authored over 145 courses (350+ CPE credit hours) covering a range of accounting, auditing, financial reporting, regulatory, and ethics topics. Kelen remained involved in CPA exam content development for nearly 10 years and authored more than a thousand multiple choice questions for various sections of the CPA exam. He also serves as an Editorial Advisor for the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy. Kelen has nearly 20 years of progressive finance and accounting experience. He currently serves as an Accounting Policy Advisor with HP. Prior to HP, he served in multiple …