Lease Accounting Trends in Washington, D.C.

By Robert Half on May 23, 2018 at 6:24am


Has your company begun the transition to the new lease accounting standard?

Washington, D.C. U.S.
Yes 61% 44%
No 39% 56%

Finance leaders who reported their company has begun the transition also were asked: As part of that transition, have you begun the diagnostic work necessary to determine the level of effort which wil be required for you to be ready to adopt the new standard?

Washington, D.C. U.S.
Yes, already completed 38% 48%
Yes, started but not completed 62% 51%
No, haven’t started 0% 1%

Have you completed the following?

Washington, D.C. U.S.
Identified team members and responsibilities for completing the transition to a new standard 44% 61%
Made an inventory of, and prioritized, any systems changes which might be required 54% 51%
Developed a project plan to address all gaps emanating from the diagnostic work 41% 49%
Identified, at a high level, the magnitude and type of the lease inventory (e.g., property, equipment) 42% 49%
Written new accounting policies 44% 47%
Written new accounting procedures 51% 43%
Investigated any lease or property management systems which will facilitate adoption 38% 42%

What is the most challenging aspect of the transition to the new standard?

Washington, D.C. U.S.
1. Updating technology 1. Training staff
2. Diagnosing the needed changes 2. Diagnosing the needed changes
3. Training staff 3. Finding professionals with the requisite expertise

For your company, which new accounting standard has been more challenging to adopt?

Washington, D.C. U.S.
Revenue recognition 82% 71%
Lease accounting 18% 29%

How much of the processes and learnings from transitioning to the new revenue recognition standard have you been able to apply to adopting the new lease accounting standard?

Washington, D.C. U.S.
Most of them 27% 29%
Some of them 62% 54%
Almost none of them 12% 17%

Source: Robert Half and Protiviti survey of more than 2,000 finance leaders in the United States, including 100 in Washington, D.C.

Total may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

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