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Lessor vs. Lessee: Differences, Accounting, & More Explained

1. Lessee meaning 2. Lessor meaning Lessor vs. lienholder 3. Who are the lessor and the lessee in rental agreements? Commercial real estate Lessor and lessee in subleases Sale-leaseback transactions 4. What is lessor’s risk insurance? 5. Differences in lessor vs....

Bonds Payable: Understanding the Basics of Accounting for Bonds

1. What are bonds payable? Interest in bonds Discount vs. premium Issuance costs 2. Bonds payable accounting Amortization of the discount or premium 3. Summary 4. Related articlesWhen an organization requires additional funds, a common action is to borrow money from a...

Software Capitalization Rules under US GAAP and GASB

1. Software Capitalization Rules under FASB and GASB 2. Types of software Purchased software Internally-developed software Software as a Service (SaaS) 3. SummarySoftware Capitalization Rules under FASB and GASB The capitalization of software development costs was a...

March 2023 LeaseQuery GASB Summit: Key Insights

March 2023 LeaseQuery GASB Summit: Key Insights On March 23, LeaseQuery hosted another virtual GASB Summit, during which accounting experts explored the new GASB lease accounting standards, GASB 87 and GASB 96. Over 840 attendees of the free CPE event heard speakers...

What Is a SBITA? How to Know if Your Organization Has Them

GASB Statement No. 96 What is GASB 96? Because of the increased popularity of subscription-based information technology arrangements (SBITAs) the GASB issued Statement No. 96 (GASB 96). This statement provides guidance on the accounting and financial reporting for...

Don’t Ghost The New Accounting Standards

Are you afraid of the looming accounting standards? ASC 842, GASB 87, and GASB 96 may be frightening, but ghosting them isn’t the right answer. At some point, you have to approach compliance head on. While you should beware of the repercussions of noncompliance, there...

How to Conduct an Inventory of Your Leases under GASB 87

1. Scoping your leases 2. Definition of a lease 3. Exemptions Short-term leases Materiality Leases that transfer ownership Other GASB 87 exemptions 4. Finding your leases Look at your requisition process Engage the right departments Consolidate your leases in one...

How To Convince Your Board You Need a GASB Software Solution

1. Explore the pitfalls of Excel 2. Justify the investment Increased efficiency Comprehensive reporting Audit preparedness 3. Prevent employees from experiencing burnout 4. Summary 5. Related articlesWhether you’re adopting GASB 87 or GASB 96, transitioning to the new...

The Ultimate GASB Gift Guide

With the first GASB 87 effective date behind us and GASB 96 ahead of us, we’re walking in a GASB wonderland. Just like holiday shopping, it can be stressful to hunt down the perfect GASB resources for your organization. The accounting experts at LeaseQuery have...

Benefits of Lease Accounting Software for Dual-Filers

The new lease accounting standards are nuanced regardless of which one you apply. Having to account for your leases under two separate standards only increases the complexities. Dual-filers face challenges single filers do not have to consider. With the right lease...

Capital Lease Impairments under GASB 87: Example, Journal Entries

1. Lease impairment indicators under GASB 42 2. Recording an impairment loss under GASB 87 Example: Recording a lease impairment under GASB 87 3. Summary 4. Related articlesUnder the legacy GASB lease accounting model only capital leases were presented on the...

GASB 87 for Higher Education: What You Need to Know for Compliance

With the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year barreling to a close and annual reporting in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the next big accounting project – GASB 87 compliance. The new guidance replaces lease accounting rules covered by GASB 13...

The Benefits of Early Adoption of ASC 842 and GASB 87

The new lease accounting standards are coming whether you’re ready for them or not. Preparing to adopt GASB 87 and ASC 842 is a formidable endeavor. While many public companies have already undergone the process, private companies are still in the midst of the...

GASB 87 Disclosure Requirements for Lessees Explained with Examples

1. Qualitative disclosures 2. Quantitative disclosures Lease asset disclosure Lessee’s outflow of resources Lease liability disclosure and maturity analysis Future lease commitments Short-term leases: exempt Additional disclosures (if applicable) 3. Summary 4. Related...

GASB 87 Lessor Accounting Example with Journal Entries

1. Lessee vs lessor accounting 2. Lessor accounting under GASB 87 An example of lessor accounting for a lease under GASB 87 3. GASB 87 RFP Template 4. Summary 5. Related articlesLessee vs lessor accounting Government entity lessees reporting under GASB are required to...

Accounting for Service Contracts: Software Licenses & Leases

1. Accounting for leases embedded in service contracts 2. Are software licenses considered service contracts under ASC 842, IFRS 16, or GASB 87? 3. Accounting for software as a service contracts – what’s changed 4. Subscription-based information technology...

GASB 87 Training: 10 Resources and Tips to Ease Your Transition

In 2017, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board released GASB 87, the new lease accounting standard for government entities. Government agencies must begin applying the new guidance for all reporting periods starting after June 15, 2021. Initially, the compliance...

How to Calculate Interest Rate Implicit in the Lease for GASB 87

1. What is the implicit rate under GASB 87? Implicit rate: Understanding GASB 87 vs ASC 842 Example of calculating the rate implicit in the lease Validating the rate implicit in the lease 2. Summary 3. Related articlesUnder GASB Statement No. 87, Leases, the majority...

GASB 62 to GASB 87 – Eight Tips to Ease the Transition

This article was written in collaboration with LeaseQuery’s partner in easing the burden of lease accounting, Postlethwaite & Netterville (P&N). While the lease accounting delay for private companies and nonprofits may have been welcomed with open arms, it...

GASB 87 vs ASC 842: Five Differences from a Lessee’s Perspective

There has been a lot of material in the marketplace about the new lease standards. Up until this point, the majority of this has been focused on the new FASB guidance, ASC 842. For individuals at organizations that have been following some of the ASC 842 requirements,...

GASB 87: Two Examples of How to Transition for Lessees

The new lease accounting standard for governmental organizations, GASB Statement No. 87, goes into effect for all reporting periods that begin subsequent to December 15, 2021. In 2019, GASB released an implementation guide to provide additional clarification on GASB...

The GASB 87 Implementation Guide Is Here

After much anticipation, the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has released the Final Implementation Guide for Leases. The objective of the implementation guide is to provide additional clarification regarding GASB 87, the new governmental accounting...

GASB 13: A Comprehensive Example

Similar to the FASB and IASB, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board released guidance updating the accounting for lease agreements. GASB No. 87, Leases, is effective for applicable governmental entities for reporting periods that begin subsequent to December 15,...

Lease Data for Accounting: How and What to Collect

Adopting ASC 842, IFRS 16, and GASB 87 requires you to revamp your lease accounting practices. In order to transition properly and maintain compliance going forward, you’ll need to collect comprehensive data for each of your organization’s leases. Here’s an overview...