Covid-19: IASB proposes extension to support for lessees accounting

Released 11 February 2021

The International Accounting Standards Board has published for consultation a proposal to extend by one year the application period of the amendment to IFRS 16 Leases issued in 2020 to help lessees accounting for Covid-19-related rent concessions.

The original amendment was issued in May 2020 to make it easier for lessees to account for Covid-19-related rent concessions, such as rent holidays and temporary rent reductions, while continuing to provide useful information about their leases to investors. The practical relief currently applies to rent concessions that reduce only lease payments due on or before 30 June 2021.

In response to calls from stakeholders and because the Covid-19 pandemic is still at its height, the Board proposes to extend the relief to cover rent concessions that reduce only lease payments due on or before 30 June 2022.

Further information can be found at https://www.ifrs.org/news-and-events/2021/02/iasb-proposes-to-extend-support-for-companies-accounting-for-covid-19-related-rent-concessions/.

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