Accounting Standard Updates

12 Days of SSAP: Leases

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Lease Accounting

The NAIC is in the process of revising SSAP 22-Leases. Lease accounting has been substantially revised following the issuance of ASU 2016-02 – Leases (Topic 842), effective 2019 for public entities (2020 for non-public entities).  The most significant changes under the new GAAP lease guidance is the requirement to treat operating leases as financing leases.

The NAIC interpretations of ASU–2016-02 rejected the new GAAP treatment. Therefore, for statutory accounting purposes, all leases continue to be recorded as operating leases with lease expense recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term.