Implications of COVID-19 and related counter measures on lessee’s lease accounting in accordance with FRS 116 (On Demand)

Description

We are aware of changes in lease payments that have occurred, or are expected to occur, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. These changes include, for example, lessors providing rent ‘holidays’ to commercial lessees.

FRS 116 Leases contemplates that changes may occur in lease payments over the term of a lease. The required accounting for such changes (if material) involves the application of judgement and depends on a number of factors, including importantly whether those changes were part of the original terms and conditions of the lease.

Changes could arise directly from amendments to the lease contract itself or indirectly—for example, from actions of government in response to the covid-19 pandemic. When accounting for changes in lease payments, an entity considers together the lease contract and any applicable law or regulation. In other words, in applying FRS 116 an entity treats a change in lease payments in the same way, regardless of whether the change results from a change in the contract itself or, for example, from a change in applicable law or regulation.

This webinar aims to cover some common questions asked by lessees in relation to issues faced when in addressing changes in lease payments

Programme Outline

  1. How should lease concessions from landlord related to COVID-19 be accounted for if my lease contract contains pre-existing force majeure or similar clauses?
  2. How should lease concessions from landlord related to COVID-19 be accounted for if lease concession imposed only by law, regulation or government actions?
  3. How should lease concessions from landlord related to COVID-19 be accounted for if lease concession takes the form of a forgiveness of some of the payments, with no change in the scope of the lease?
  4. How should lease concessions from landlord related to COVID-19 be accounted for if lease concession takes the form of the lease payments being rescheduled rather than reduced – such that, in nominal terms, the consideration for the lease has not changed?
  5. How should lease concessions from landlord related to COVID-19 be accounted for if lease concession is not any of the above scenarios (1 to 4)?
  6. My lease contract with the landlord contains an option to extend which I have originally included the lease term in accounting for right-of-use asset and lease liability. Should lease terms be reassessed as a result of COVID-19?
  7. Is IASB coming up with some simpler ways for lessees to address the above?

This workshop qualifies for 1.5 CPE hours in Financial Reporting Standards and Pronouncements (Category 1).

Target Audience

Accountants and Auditors

Expert Speaker

Chee Hay Kheong Daniel

Daniel holds an Honours degree in Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He has more than 13 years of experience in the accounting profession, having worked for one of the Big 4 accounting firms both in Singapore and in the United Kingdom. He has also more than 5 years of senior management experience with MNCs, managing their operations in Singapore and Asia.

Daniel is a highly sought-after seminar trainer, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences. Prior to this, he was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting of the NUS Business School. He served as a committee member of both the IT Committee and the Examination Committee of ISCA, and was a Committee member of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee of Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).

The webinar was recorded on 20 May 2020

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    • PD hours: 1.5
    Complete online at your own pace (Self-paced)
    • $160.50 incl. GST (7%)

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