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IPSASB Proposes New Lease Accounting Model for the Public Sector

Call for Comment on Exposure Draft 64, Leases

Jan 31, 2018 | English

(New York, January 31, 2018) – The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®) today released for comment Exposure Draft (ED) 64, Leases.

ED 64 proposes a single right-of-use model for lease accounting that will replace the risks and rewards incidental to ownership model in IPSAS 13, Leases. ED 64 also proposes new public sector specific accounting requirements for leases at below market terms (also known as “concessionary leases”) for both lessors and lessees.

For lessees, ED 64 proposes accounting requirements that are converged with the International Accounting Standards Board’s IFRS 16, Leases, by requiring the recognition of a right-of-use asset and a lease liability for all leases, except for short-term leases and leases of low-value assets.

For lessors, ED 64 proposes a right-of-use model specifically designed for public sector financial reporting that differs from the risks and rewards incidental to ownership model for lessors in IFRS 16 by:

(a)             Continuing to recognize and measure the leased asset according to the applicable IPSAS; and

(b)             Recognizing a lease receivable and a liability (unearned revenue) as a result of the lease contract, except for short-term leases.

The proposals in ED 64 address common public sector lease contracts where a lessor and a lessee are part of the same economic entity.

“Leases, including concessionary leases, are very important financing mechanisms in the public sector and in international organizations,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “The proposals in ED 64 will provide better information on the financial impacts of leases and therefore enhance both the accountability of an entity for its management of resources and improve the quality of information for decision-making.”  

Comment Deadline: June 30, 2018

How to Comment
To access the Exposure Draft and its summary At-a-Glance document, or to submit a comment, visit the IPSASB website at Comments on the Exposure Draft are requested by June 30, 2018. The IPSASB encourages IFAC member organizations and regional accountancy organizations to promote the availability of this Exposure Draft to their members and employees.

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