Govt notifies new accounting standard on leases; effective from Apr 1

NEW DELHI: The Government has notified a new accounting standard Ind AS 116 that will bring in more transparency in recognition and disclosures about leases in companies’ balance sheets, a senior official said on Sunday.

The Indian Accounting Standard (Ind AS) 116 is expected to have a significant impact on various industries, including aviation where airlines mostly operate planes on lease.

Ind AS 116 — to be effective from April 1 — sets out the principles for recognition, presentation and disclosure of leases.

It has been notified by the Corporate Affairs Ministry.

The official said the standard will help in ensuring more transparency when it comes to recognition of leases by companies and also prevent “window dressing” of accounts.

“Lessors will need to re-look at their accounting policy of recognising lease income on transition to Ind AS 116 and it may have significant impact on ongoing recognition and measurement of rental income in the financial statements,” Sandip Khetan said. (AGENCIES)