Ind AS 17, Leases: Difference Between AS 19 and IndAS 17

Ind AS 17

Ind AS 17, Leases: The objective of this Standard is to prescribe, for lessees and lessors, the appropriate accounting policies and disclosure to apply in relation to leases. The classification of leases adopted in this Standard is based on  the extent to which risks and rewards incidental to ownership of a leased asset lie with the lessor or the lessee.

A lease is classified as a finance lease if it transfers substantially all the risks and rewards incidental to ownership. A lease is classified as an operating  lease if it does not transfer substantially  all  the risks  and  rewards incidental to ownership.

Leases in the financial statements of lessees

Operating Lease

Lease payments under an operating lease shall  be  recognised  as  an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term unless either another systematic basis is more representative of the time pattern of the user’s benefit or the payments to the lessor are structured to increase in line with expected general inflation to compensate for the lessor’s expected inflationary cost increases.

Finance leases

At the commencement of the lease term, lessees shall recognise finance leases as assets  and liabilities in their balance sheets at  amounts equal to  the fair value of the leased property or, if lower, the present value of the minimum lease payments, each determined at the inception of the lease. The discount rate to be used in calculating the present  value  of  the  minimum lease payments is the  interest rate  implicit in the lease, if  this is practicable  to determine; if not, the lessee’s incremental borrowing rate shall be used. Any initial direct costs  of the lessee are added to the amount recognised as   an asset.

Minimum lease payments shall be apportioned between the  finance charge and the reduction of the outstanding liability. The finance charge shall be allocated to each period during the lease term so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability. Contingent rents shall be charged as expenses in the periods in which they are incurred.

A finance lease gives rise to depreciation expense for depreciable assets as well as finance expense for each accounting period. The depreciation policy  for depreciable leased assets shall be consistent with that for depreciable assets that are owned, and the depreciation recognised shall be calculated in accordance with Ind AS 16, Property, Plant and Equipment and Ind AS 38, Intangible Assets. If there is no reasonable certainty that the  lessee  will  obtain ownership by the end of the lease term, the asset shall be fully depreciated over the shorter of the lease term and its useful life.

Leases in the financial statements of lessors

Operating leases

Lessors shall present assets subject to operating leases in  their  balance sheet according to the nature of the asset. The depreciation policy for depreciable leased assets shall be consistent with the lessor’s normal depreciation policy for similar assets, and depreciation shall be calculated in accordance with Ind AS 16 and Ind AS 38. Lease income from  operating leases (excluding amounts for services such as insurance and maintenance) shall be recognised in income on a straight-line basis over the lease term, unless either

  • another systematic basis is more representative of the time pattern in which use benefit derived from the leased asset is diminished, even if the payments to the lessors are not on that basis; or
  • the payments to the lessor are structured to increase in line with expected general inflation to compensate for the lessor’s expected inflationary cost increases. If payments to the lessor vary according to factors other than inflation, then this condition is not

Finance leases

Lessors shall recognise assets held under a finance lease in their balance sheets and present them as a receivable at an amount equal to the net investment in the lease. The recognition of finance income shall be  based  on a pattern reflecting a constant periodic rate of return on the lessor’s net investment in the finance lease.

Manufacturer or dealer lessors shall recognise selling profit or loss in the period, in accordance with the policy followed  by  the entity for outright sales.  If artificially low rates  of  interest are quoted, selling profit shall be restricted   to that which would apply if a market rate of interest were charged. Costs incurred by manufacturer or dealer lessors in connection with negotiating and arranging a lease shall be  recognised as an  expense when  the selling profit  is recognised.

Sale and leaseback transactions

A sale and leaseback transaction involves the sale of an asset  and  the  leasing back of the same asset. The lease payment and the sale price are usually interdependent because they are negotiated as a package. The accounting treatment of a sale and leaseback transaction depends upon the type of lease involved.

Appendix C of Ind AS 17 provides guidance (a) for determining whether the arrangement is, or contain, leases that should be accounted  for  in  accordance with Ind AS 17; (b) when the assessment or a reassessment of whether an arrangement is, or  contains, a  lease  should be made; and (c) if  an arrangement is, or contains, a lease, how the payments for the  lease should be separated from payments for any other elements in the arrangement.

Appendix A of Ind AS 17 provides guidance on recognition of incentives in an operating lease in the financial statements of lessor and le ssee.  The  Appendix prescribes that the lessor shall recognise the aggregate cost of incentives as a reduction of rental income over the lease term, on a straight – line basis unless another systematic basis is representative of the  time  pattern over which the benefit of the leased asset is diminished. The lessee shall recognise the aggregate benefit of incentives as a reduction of rental expense over the lease term, on a straight-line basis unless another  systematic basis is representative of the time pattern of the lessee’s benefit from the use of the leased asset.

Difference Between AS 19 and Ind AS 17

AS 19 Ind AS 17
AS 19 is not applicable to lease of lands. Ind AS 17 contains specific provisions dealing with leases of land and building.
The term “Residual Value” is defined in AS 19. Ind AS 17 does not define “Residual Value”.
  There are some differences in disclosure requirements of AS 19 and Ind AS 17.
Though both the terms are used at some places in AS 19, these terms are not defined and distinguished. Ind AS 17 makes a distinction between inception of lease and commencement of lease.
As per AS 19, such recognition is at the inception

of the lease.

As per Ind AS 17, the lessee shall recognise finance leases as assets and liabilities in balance sheet at the commencement of the lease term
This aspect is not dealt with in AS 19. Ind AS 17 deals with adjustment of lease payments made during the period between inception of the lease and the commencement of the lease term.
AS 19 does not contain such provisions There are separate Ind AS dealing with measurement aspects of investment properties (Ind AS 40) and biological assets (Ind AS 41). Accordingly, if such assets are provided or held under a lease agreement, then the measurement principles, given in Ind AS 17 will not apply.
The existing standard does not contain such guidance Ind AS 17 provides guidance on accounting for:

  • incentives in the case of operating leases, and
  • evaluating the substance of transactions having the legal form of a lease and determining whether such an arrangement contains an element of lease.
AS 19 prohibits upward revision of unguaranteed residual value, during the term of the lease Ind AS 17 permits upward revision of unguaranteed residual value, during the term of the lease
In case of a sale and leaseback transaction (in case of finance lease), AS 19 requires the excess of sale proceeds, over the carrying amount of the asset, to be deferred and amortised by the seller(lessee) over the tenure of lease, in proportion to depreciation of the leased asset. Ind AS 17 also specifies that in case of a sale and leaseback transaction (in case of finance lease), the excess of sale proceeds, over the carrying amount of the asset, to be deferred and amortised by the seller(lessee), but it does not specify the method of amortisation.
These matters are not addressed in the existing standard. Ind AS 17 requires current/non-current classification of lease liabilities if such classification is made for other liabilities also. It also makes reference to Ind AS 105 on “Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations “.
AS 19 does not provide for the same. Ind AS 17 states that in case of operating lease, if escalation of lease rentals is attributable to the expected general inflation so as to compensate the lessor for expected inflationary costs shall not be straight lined.
AS 19 requires the initial direct costs, incurred by the lessor(in case of operating lease), to be either charged off, at the time of incurrence or to be amortised over the lease period Ind AS 17 states that the initial direct costs, incurred by the lessor (in case of operating lease), shall be included in the carrying amount of leased asset and amortised as an expense, over the lease period.

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