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Dos and Don'ts of GASB 87 Implementation

Posted on 4/15/19 1:47 PM by Taft Tucker in GASB

The GASB 87 lease reporting standard has been all but forgotten.

In the hype of public companies preparing for compliance last year and private companies up next at the plate in 2019, the complementary mandate for government bodies is flying under the radar.

But the deadline is the same - Jan. 1, 2020 - and all the same repercussions apply to GASB 87 offenders as they do to FASB 842.

It’s time to bring GASB 87 out of the closet.

We put together a list of the essential facts you need to know about GASB 87. With a short timeline of just 9 months to plan and execute - and few solutions on the market - you’ll benefit from understanding the dos and don'ts now.

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How Postponing FASB 842 Implementation Might Hurt Your Profits

Posted on 2/7/19 2:22 PM by The Team at AMTdirect in FASB, in Lease Accounting

Waiting to start FASB 842 implementation is like waiting to do your taxes.

Hunky-dory in the beginning...

...but potentially costly, time-consuming and painful in the end.

Just ask any public company that had to do it last year: The longer you wait, the more expensive - in dollars and days - implementation will be.

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11 Critical FASB 842 FAQs for Private Companies

Posted on 12/11/18 9:02 AM by The Team at AMTdirect in FASB

The new year is here.

And that means you have to be thinking about a FASB 842 implementation for your private company.

You have questions.

And after a whole year of hammering out implementation with public companies, we have answers.

In fact, we learned so much from the industry’s first year implementing the new accounting standards changes, we’ve been getting a slew of questions.

And we’re answering 11 of the most commons ones to help you own your FASB 842 implementation in 2019.

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The 2019 Private Company Roadmap for FASB 842

Posted on 11/20/18 3:37 PM by The Team at AMTdirect in FASB

When you’re navigating a territory you’ve never been to, it’s nice to have a roadmap. That’s never been more true when it comes to navigating a FASB 842 implementation.

We’ve talked about the common mistakes, the hurdles public companies faced with implementation in 2018, and the most costly misconceptions you probably haven’t considered. We’ve even covered the questions you should be asking as you vet vendors.

But what we haven’t covered is just how to take the first step down the road to complete execution.

It’s a struggle everyone has and we know you’re going to face in 2019.

With that in mind, we put together this step-by-step process and roadmap you’ll need to follow to implement your FASB 842 project plan.

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5 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Lease Accounting Vendor About FASB 842

Posted on 11/7/18 5:44 PM by The Team at AMTdirect in FASB

The timeline for FASB ASC 842 implementation is a whopping 3 - 6 months long.

That’s about 123 days.

For public companies with fiscal years ending in mid-2019 or private companies with fiscal years starting in January 2020, the time to start the implementation process is now.

Given the financial reporting demands of the new mandate, it’s clear you’ll need to find a software provider to help you through the changes sooner rather than later. And it’s important you find the right solution based on the unique complexity of your leases and your organization.

If you look online, all providers seem to say the same thing.

And while it’s somewhat comforting there’s no killer feature or massive gap, there is a major difference from vendor to vendor.

Not all suppliers’ experience, capabilities, and support are the same.

As we’ve come to learn, some suppliers present very well, but after contracts are signed, things are uncovered that weren’t disclosed in the sales process.

At AMTdirect, we’ve been handling lease administration and accounting for 20 years. It’s safe to say, we don’t have anything to hide. So we’re calling out some of the potential “buyer beware” scenarios in an attempt to help you make a wise choice.

Here are the 5 surprising implementation secrets providers aren’t telling you in the sales process.

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5 Common Mistakes of FASB ASC 842 Implementation

Posted on 10/30/18 10:50 AM by The Team at AMTdirect in FASB

The countdown is on.

FASB 842 compliance must be reflected in the balance sheets for public companies in less than 90 days - on January 1, 2018. And private companies - whom FASB has given a deceivingly longer 15 months to make these changes - can learn from the mistakes of those who’ve gone before.

That’s right… we’ve heard a lot of uh-ohs and bleeps from public companies as we’ve helped them implement FASB 842 over the past year.

The lessons they’ve learned are not pretty.

To save private companies from experiencing this same hot mess, we’ve whittled down these pains and problems into the 5 common mistakes almost everyone is making when it comes to FASB 824 implementation.

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