How to Get Started with Lease Accounting

A Financial Controller’s Guide to the First 90 Days of the AASB 16 Project

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  • Understand the Biggest Technical Accounting Challenges
  • Assess your Existing Systems, Processes, and Controls
  • Take an Enterprise-Wide Census of Your Leases

Answer the Key Questions

  • Who to Include on the Project Team
  • How Long Implementation Will Take
  • How to Budget for the Project

The First 90 Days

The end goal of the new lease accounting standards is to provide investors with more transparency around your leasing contracts. Operating leases, which have historically been off- balance sheet will now be treated as assets and liabilities on the balance sheet under AASB and IFRS 16. Operating leases represent the majority of leases for 93% of companies.

The challenges with these new standards should not be underestimated. In fact, some have called the new leasing standards the “biggest accounting change ever.” The International Accounting Standards Board estimates that over $2 Trillion in liabilities will move onto corporate balance sheets during this transition.