On February 15, 2023 FASB affirmed the proposed changes to Topic 842, Leases for related parties under common control. The Board unanimously affirmed a practical expedient for private entities & nonprofits without conduit debt under common control arrangements to allow these entities to use the written terms and conditions of their leases to apply Topic 842. FASB also affirmed a change to the amortization of leasehold improvements for all common control entities including public entities. Leasehold improvements between entities under common control will amortize improvements over the useful life of the leasehold improvement as long as the lessee controls the use of the underlying asset through the lease. The final Update will be effective fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The FASB indicated that the new ASU is expected to be issued by the end March.
GASB has issued 9 questions for public comment that relate to leases, SBITA and accounting changes. The implementation guidance which would be issued in 2023 would be authoritative interpretations of the related standards. Comments are due January 20, 2023.
FASB has proposed changes to Topic 842, Leases for related parties under common control. The proposal would change the evaluation of the lease term for private entities under common control to allow the use of what was in writing. The proposal would also change the amortization of leasehold improvements for all common control entities including public entities. Comments are due January 16, 2023.
GASB has issued a proposed Omnibus Exposure Draft. The ED addresses implementation issues for leases, PPP and SBITA as well as targeted accounting guidance. It also addresses the delay in reference rate reform and LIBOR discontinuance. The Omnibus addresses a variety of topics that are not large enough to address in a standalone standard but that improve financial reporting. Comments are due September 17, 2021.
The FASB has issued an exposure draft regarding the use of the discount rate alternative offered to nonpublic entities. After receiving feedback that the risk free rate was not as widely adopted due to relatively low interest rates, the FASB is now proposing permitting the use by class of assets as opposed to the current requirement at the entity level. Comments are due July 16, 2021.