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IFRS 16 resources

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has called for improvements in the reporting under IFRS 16 Leases following the first year of its application and has set out its expectations in a recently-issued thematic review, its Annual Review of Corporate Reporting and its year-end letter to Audit Committee Chairs and Finance Directors.

The FRC continues to identify boilerplate rather than entity-specific accounting policies.  It expects companies to:

  • tailor the descriptions of their leasing accounting policies to match their particular circumstances and to cover all material areas;
  • provide detailed information about the significant judgements affecting their accounting for leases; and
  • include sufficient detail to enable a good understanding of the financial reporting effects of their leasing arrangements on their financial position, financial performance and cash flows.

In addition to considering the broader areas for improvement in its thematic review, the FRC also encourages companies to consider whether enhancements are required to IFRS 16 disclosures as a result of COVID-19. These may include amending accounting policies in relation to any lease modifications, in the light of the IASB’s amendments to IFRS 16, as well as clearly communicating any significant changes in judgements companies may make, e.g. relating to lease term, as a consequence of COVID-19. Companies may also need to enhance or introduce estimation uncertainty disclosures in relation to impairment testing of right of use assets.

The FRC will continue to review compliance with IFRS 16 through its routine work.

This page includes all of our resources on IFRS 16.  It includes links to:

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IFRS 16 resources

IASB finalises phase 2 of its IBOR reform project

27 Aug 2020

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published 'Interest Rate Benchmark Reform — Phase 2 (Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16)' with amendments that address issues that might affect financial reporting after the reform of an interest rate benchmark, including its replacement with alternative benchmark rates. The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021, with earlier application permitted.

FRC issues statement on application of Accounting for Lease Modifications (Amendment to IFRS 16 - Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions)

24 Aug 2020

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has confirmed it will not pursue regulatory action in the Accounting for Lease Modifications (Amendment to IFRS 16 – Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions) before adoption by the EU.

IFRS Foundation publishes IFRS Taxonomy update

18 Aug 2020

The IFRS Foundation has published 'IFRS Taxonomy 2020 — Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions (Amendment to IFRS 16)'.

EFRAG outreach event in the context of the endorsement process of IBOR Phase 2

03 Aug 2020

The issuance of final amendments as result of the IASB project on 'IBOR reform and the effects on financial reporting — Phase 2' is expected in August. Given the urgency of the endorsement and the accelerated consultation process, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has organised a public outreach event on 7 September 2020 to collect additional views from constituents on the draft endorsement advice EFRAG plans to publish at the end of August (shortly after the publication of the amendments by the IASB).

ESMA statement on supervisory coordination on accounting for COVID-19-related rent concessions

21 Jul 2020

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a public statement recommending coordination of supervisory action with regards to issuers’ accounting for COVID-19-related rent concessions.

Accounting considerations in response to COVID-19 — Leases

14 Jul 2020

COVID-19 has led many lessors to provide relief to lessees by deferring or relieving them of amounts that would otherwise be payable. In some cases this is through negotiation between the parties, but can also be as a consequence of a government encouraging or requiring that the relief be provided. IFRS 16 requires lessees to assess whether changes to lease contracts are lease modifications as this term is defined in the Standard and, if so, the lessee must remeasure the lease liability using a revised discount rate. This video explains the amendments made in response to the current economic climate.

EFRAG endorsement status report 6 July 2020

06 Jul 2020

The endorsement status report has been updated to reflect that the Accounting Regulatory Committee (ARC) has voted in favour of 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions (Amendments to IFRS 16)'.

Need to know — IASB finalises amendment to IFRS 16 'Leases' regarding COVID-19-related rent concessions

04 Jun 2020

This Need to know addresses the amendment to IFRS 16 'Leases' published by the IASB in May 2020, titled 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions'. This is an update of our earlier Need to know on the Exposure Draft.

EFRAG endorsement status report 3 June 2020

03 Jun 2020

The endorsement status report has been updated to reflect that the IASB issued 'Reference to the Conceptual Framework', 'Property, Plant and Equipment — Proceeds before Intended Use', 'Onerous Contracts — Cost of Fulfilling a Contract', and 'Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2018–2020' on 14 May 2020, that the IASB issued 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions' on 28 May, and that EFRAG published final endorsement advice on 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions' on 2 June 2020.

EFRAG moves quickly on endorsement advice on IFRS 16 amendment

03 Jun 2020

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has issued final endorsement advice for 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions (Amendment to IFRS 16)' not even a week after the amendment was issued by the IASB.

ICAEW to host an IFRS update webinar

02 Jun 2020

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) will be hosting a webinar on latest developments in IFRS Standards.

IASB finalises amendment to IFRS 16 regarding COVID-19-related rent concessions

28 May 2020

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions (Amendment to IFRS 16)' amending the standard to provide lessees with an exemption from assessing whether a COVID-19-related rent concession is a lease modification. Concurrently, the IASB also published a proposed Taxonomy Update to reflect this amendment.

We comment on the IASB's proposed amendments as a result of the second phase of its project on the IBOR reform

25 May 2020

We have commented on IASB exposure draft ED/2020/1 'Interest Rate Benchmark Reform — Phase 2 (Proposed amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16)', which was published by the IASB on 9 April 2020.

Deloitte comment letter on the IASB's proposed amendments as a result of the second phase of its project on the IBOR reform

25 May 2020

We are largely supportive of the amendments. In particular, we support the key changes that ensure that entities that apply hedge accounting will continue to do so as they transition to new benchmark interest rates and that the accounting for the modification of hedged items, when those modifications arise directly from the reforms, are reflected on a prospective basis via the application of IFRS 9:B5.4.5. We consider these as being the two most important elements of the proposals.

Need to know — IASB publishes package of narrow-scope amendments to IFRS Standards

21 May 2020

This Need to know addresses the recent package of narrow-scope amendments to IFRS Standards that was published by the IASB on 14 May 2020.

IASB votes to finalise IFRS 16 amendment

15 May 2020

In a supplementary meeting today, the IASB considered the feedback it received on its 24 April exposure draft 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions (Proposed amendment to IFRS 16)' that contained a proposed amendment that would provide lessees with an exemption from assessing whether a COVID-19-related rent concession is a lease modification. The 14-day comment letter period closed on 8 May 2020 and the Board received 110 comment letters (including late submissions).

IASB concludes the 2018-2020 annual improvements cycle

14 May 2020

The IASB has issued 'Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2018–2020'. The pronouncement contains amendments to four International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as result of the IASB's annual improvements project.

We comment on two IFRS Interpretations Committee tentative agenda decisions

13 May 2020

We have published our comment letters on IFRS Interpretations Committee tentative agenda decisions related to IAS 12 and IFRS 16, as published in the March 2020 IFRIC Update.

Deloitte comment letter on tentative agenda decision on IFRS 16 — Sale and leaseback with variable payments

13 May 2020

We have commented on the IFRS Interpretations Committee's publication in the March 2020 IFRIC Update of the tentative decision not to take onto the Committee's agenda the request for clarification on how to measure a right-of-use asset (RoU asset) arising from a sale and leaseback and thus how to determine the amount of any gain or loss on the transaction.

Deloitte comment letter on the IASB's proposed amendments to IFRS 16 related to COVID-19

08 May 2020

We have commented on IASB Exposure Draft (ED) 2020/2 'Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions' which was published by the IASB on 24 April 2020. The ED contains a proposed amendment that would provide lessees with an exemption from assessing whether a COVID-19-related rent concession is a lease modification.

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