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The staff presented the Boards with a paper that provided a summary of the discussions previously held by the two Boards and presented three possible approaches for a potential leasing project to be carried forward. The intention of this session was thus for the Boards to decide which of the three following approaches the Boards would support for taking the project forward:

  • Option 1 - Add a joint project to the agenda with the first phase primarily involving the staff working with a working group of leasing experts and a group of users of financial statements with the intent to bring a complete package for Board consideration in the first half of 2007 (this was the staff's preferred approach).
  • Option 2 - Add a modified joint project to the agenda with the IASB taking the lead.
  • Option 3 - Defer an agenda decision on lease accounting until some of the projects on the Boards' agendas have been completed or substantially completed with a view to making the project a joint project at that time.

FASB members were reluctant toward option 2 as they were concerned about capacity problems. Furthermore they knew that there would be opposition in the US with moving forward this project letting IASB take the lead, as the intention is to progress this as a joint project.

Option 1 would not be a project not requiring significant Board resources in the first phase. It would however involve the staff spending time researching the project and developing ideas. This research phase might include:

  • Discussing lease accounting issues with a working group of leasing experts and a group of users of financial statements.
  • Identifying and analysing the conceptual and practical issues involved in further developing the ideas in the G4+1 Special Report.
  • Developing a lease accounting model that is consistent with the current frameworks and developing standards.
  • Holding voluntary education sessions for Board members.

The output of this would be a staff research paper.

Based on the discussion, the Boards voted for Option 1, with IASB members agreeing unanimously and FASB member disagreeing. The IASB expects to make a formal agenda decision in June 2006, which would allow time for consideration also by the SAC and the IASCF Trustees.

The staff was asked to come back with a proposed timetable for the project.

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