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NetSuite Lease Accounting: What You Need to Know

by | Nov 7, 2023

Are you considering doing your lease accounting in NetSuite?

Oracle NetSuite is one of the most well-known accounting software solutions on the market. Its popularity is due to its wide range of accounting functionalities and superb customer support. While NetSuite is an excellent general accounting system, it does not natively offer the lease accounting functionality required by new lease accounting standards, ASC 842 and IFRS 16.

NetSuite lease accounting review

To get automated journal entries, customizable reports, and required disclosures directly within NetSuite, the ideal solution is a lease accounting SuiteApp that’s built within NetSuite, like LeaseQuery for Netsuite. Our solution extends the power of NetSuite to your lease accounting and integrates seamlessly with your NetSuite instance.

Lease accounting SuiteApp

If you are not using a SuiteApp, your lease accounting system should, at a minimum, produce journal entries in a format that can be accepted by Netsuite so it does not add extra work to your month-end close process.

LQFN is native to NetSuite so your lease accounting journal entries can be posted without external integrations or uploads.

Lease accounting journal entries in NetSuite


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Which companies need a lease accounting solution?

Companies with any number of leases, from any industry, benefit from a lease accounting software to facilitate compliance and gain lease accounting efficiencies. But for companies with complex leases, or more than 10 leases, a software solution can be critical. We found that, on average, lease liabilities on balance sheets increased by 1,475% over their pretransition balances.

Particularly for industries with widely distributed teams or heavy lease obligations, such as restaurant and retail, healthcare, or banking and finance, a purpose-built lease accounting solution is highly recommended.

What to look for in a solution

It may go without saying, but the best solutions will have been built by accountants for accountants. Look for a solution that:

  • Transitions your lease portfolio to the new standards

Lease portfolio in NetSuite

Right-of-use asset and lease liability

  • Produces amortization schedules

Amortization schedules in NetSuite

  • Generates journal entries

Lease journal entries in NetSuite

Lease classification in NetSuite

Lease management in NetSuite

The ideal solution will also seamlessly fit into NetSuite to integrate with your company’s chart of accounts, currencies, vendors, departments, classes, and locations; and even issue payments directly to the lessor.

You should consider the size of your solution provider too. You need a team with the size and expertise to assist you through the transition and beyond – keeping up with any updates to the standards, as well as being able to provide you and other customers with the support you need. To be extra sure, look for 3rd party validation such as SOC reports, strong reviews from accountants, and a large, stable existing customer base.

A purpose-built solution is easy to use

Any job is easier with the right tools. Using a retrofitted lease management software or ERP module, spreadsheets prone to manual error, or other make-do lease accounting solutions, will only end up requiring more time and effort in the long run. These systems are notoriously difficult to use, often resulting in one person becoming the “expert” on the system, while others have limited knowledge or access.

Check out this case study to better understand the benefits than can be realized by using LQ4N.

While NetSuite offers a lease accounting solution in its fixed assets module which works for simple leases, this solution is not purpose-built for the specific nuances required for leases and suffers from inadequacies such as limited automation and lack of disclosure reports. Purpose-built lease accounting systems, like LeaseQuery and LeaseQuery for NetSuite, put the most pertinent data at your fingertips. Because they don’t have to be everything to everybody, they can focus on the features that are most important for lease accounting and management, and on being easier to use.

The right purpose-built lease accounting solution will let you and your team ditch software workarounds and lease tracking spreadsheets and truly automate and consolidate your lease accounting processes. LeaseQuery for NetSuite is built entirely inside NetSuite allowing you to seamlessly integrate lease accounting into your existing processes and technology. And, in addition to making your monthly and annual tasks more efficient, an easy-to-use system facilitates onboarding new users and transferring responsibilities so the worry that your one lease accounting “expert” will retire or win the lottery is alleviated.

Ultimately, it’s about having better, faster access to lease data

ASC 842 and IFRS 16 don’t just impact the balance sheet; they have a long-term effect on procurement processes, contract negotiations, and financial planning. And with more standard updates coming, you need a system that minimizes hassles and gives you confidence in your data. A purpose-built system is the best way to achieve that goal.

LeaseQuery for NetSuite

LeaseQuery for NetSuite