Narrow-scope amendments to IFRS 16 to take account of COVID-19

On 27 April, the IASB published an Exposure Draft on IFRS 16 – Leases. The Exposure Draft aims to respond to the practical difficulties involved in accounting for rent concessions received or granted as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – an issue that affects many companies.

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25 June 2020

The IASB is proposing to amend IFRS 16 to permit lessees (but not lessors) to apply a practical expedient that would exempt them from assessing whether a COVID-19-related rent concession constitutes a lease liability. So that the amendments can be published as quickly as possible, the comment period is just 14 days. Comments had thus to be submitted by 8 May 2020.