Handbooks   |   August 2018

Handbook: Leases

In this handbook, KPMG explains the new leasing standard (ASC 842) in detail. We provide detailed Q&As, examples and observations, and comparisons to legacy US GAAP, updated for recent amendments to the standard and continuing developments in practice. 


ASC Topic 842 (ASU 2016-02, ASU 2018-01, ASU 2018-10, ASU 2018-11)

  • All companies in the scope of ASC 842

Relevant dates

Mandatory effective dates and early adoption provisions:

Effective date:



Annual periods –
Fiscal years beginning after

Public business entities

and certain not-for-profit entities:

December 15, 2018

All other entities:



December 15, 2019

Interim periods –In fiscal years beginning after

Dec. 15, 2018

Dec. 15, 2019


Early adoption allowed?



* (1) public business entities; (2) not-for-profits that have issued, or are conduit bond obligors for, securities that are traded, listed or quoted on an exchange or an over-the-counter market; and (3) employee benefit plans that file financial statements with the SEC.

Key impacts

  • Q&As that answer the questions we are encountering in practice
  • Examples and observations to explain key concepts
  • Changes from legacy US GAAP
  • Updated for recent amendments to ASC 842, practice developments and evolving interpretations


Report Contents

  • Scope and definition of a lease
  • Identifying and separating components of a contract
  • Concepts and definitions applicable to lessees and lessors
  • Lessee accounting model
  • Lessor accounting model
  • Subleases
  • Sale-leaseback accounting
  • Income tax effects
  • Leases acquired in a business combination
  • Disclosures, effective date and transition

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