ASC 842 is not only a learning curve for businesses, each new evaluation is also a learning curve for listeners. It is important to realize that we are all there together and that everyone wants to succeed. However, there are some things your company can do to set up your business for a successful review after the transition. These are five key areas for companies to focus on today, as auditors will focus on reviewing these issues from 2019. A good leasing accounting solution can help consolidate an important part of detective control in a field. Internal users or external reviewers can quickly run a list of all leases in the solution that are active in the period, and compare with the number of damping tables you have, and search and correct all the major divisions in between. Early users of the new ASC 842 and IFRS 16 standards are constantly reporting that it takes longer than expected to meet the leasing balance sheet. However, by focusing on a progressive approach to these high-risk issues, companies can embark on a critical path to success and make the review more risky next year. Whether internal or external, auditors can play a key role in the adoption of CSA 842. Internal audit knowledge can help put controls and processes in place for the transition to the new standard and post-compliance report. On the other hand, sharing transitional plans with your external auditors will lay the groundwork to avoid any surprises during the first review following the adoption of CSA 842. In other words, it`s time to realize that leasing procedures are being modified in accordance with CSA 842, and we`re here to help you understand what`s in store for you. 1.
We do billing on the basis of the estimated operating costs of the current year, if leases permit, and not based on previous years. 2. We include all authorized gross levels such as cleaning credits, garbage collection credits, electricity and safety into our climbing costs. 3. At regular intervals, we have someone other than checking the real estate accounts assigned tenants climbing calculations to make sure they are correct. 4. Annual capital expenditures are audited by companies to determine whether, due to operating savings, they are considered depreciable operating expenses. 5. We have reporting systems that allow us to make correct-ups within 90 days of the end of the climbing year. 6. Adjustments to the consumer price index are audited to ensure that the appropriate index and the appropriate base amount are used. 7.
Maintenance overheads are constantly audited to determine if all eligible fees are charged to tenants. 8. We hire an energy advisor to assess electricity costs in the common space that we can pass on to tenants. For leasing accounting, there are two recommended types of controls: Classification/Presentation – Disclosure states that the transactions were properly classified in the financial statements. In the case of a leasing contract, there is a risk that operating leases will be mistakenly considered to be financing leases (accounted for interest) or short-term leases (rental debt and the corresponding right of use are not counted in the balance sheet) or vice versa. This is an important area of auditing due to the impact of rating errors in the profit and loss account (i.e. EBITDA).