Since the issuance of ASU 2016-02 (codified in ASC 842) on February 25, 2016, the FASB has focused on implementation efforts related to the adoption of ASU 2016-02. Over the past four years, the FASB has held multiple meetings to discuss implementation questions raised and challenges identified by stakeholders from several industries. In response to the feedback received, the FASB has issued several final ASUs that amend certain aspects of ASC 842 and may propose ASUs to further clarify or amend its guidance.
The body of the Roadmap combines the requirements in ASC 842 with Deloitte’s interpretations and examples in a comprehensive, reader-friendly format. In addition, the Roadmap highlights (1) the requirements of ASC 842 that significantly differ from those in ASC 840 and IFRS 16 and (2) recent standard-setting developments (through the May 20, 2020, FASB meeting). We hope that this publication will enable entities to deal with some of the more challenging aspects of ASC 842. This publication has been developed for readers who have been following every development of the standard as well as for those who are working through the new guidance for the first time. That is, it may function as a quick resource guide for those who have a specific question and are looking for a clear answer, or it may serve as an all-encompassing guide for those who are still building up their knowledge base related to the new leasing standard.
Further, the updated edition of this Roadmap includes several new interpretations as well as some modifications to previously expressed views to reflect our latest thinking and input from standard setters and regulators. Appendix H highlights all new content as well as any substantive revisions to previous content.
Although the mandatory effective date for public companies has passed, challenging questions remain, and we expect new implementation questions to continue emerging. Accordingly, we will continue to develop guidance to help stakeholders with implementation.
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