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New Guidance on Lease Accounting Released

Companies who lease vehicles will now be required to include the leases on their balance sheets but won't have the leases counted as debt under new lease accounting rules released by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on Feb. 25.

Open-End Versus Closed-End Leasing

Choosing a leasing instrument during the procurement process is a vital aspect of fleet management that requires consideration of costs, utilization, and remarketing scenarios.

Lease Standard Revisions Too Complex, Says ELFA

WASHINGTON - The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) released a statement July 17 on proposed revisions to lease accounting standards (FAS 13) and submitted a comment letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

SEC Proposal to Allow Early Adoption of International Accounting Standards

On Aug. 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission raised the possibility that approximately 110 U.S. publicly traded companies will be able to use international accounting standards (IAS) next year and may require all U.S. companies to switch to IAS between 2014-2016. There is a 60-day comment period about the SEC proposal. Fleet leasing will be impacted by the adoption of IAS. It is probable that all fleet leases in the U.S. will need to be capitalized sometime in the 2011-2016 timeframe.

How Will Accounting Rules Impact Off-Balance

The FASB and IASB have put a new leasing project on their agendas. The outcome will be the creation of one leasing standard applied worldwide. Is this the beginning of the end of off-balance sheet accounting for fleet leases?