There is a proposal afoot to change how leases are treated.
According to the Journal of Accountancy:
"The proposal calls for lessees to report a straight-line lease expense in their income statement for most real estate leases. In most equipment and vehicle leases, lessees would recognize leases as a nonfinancial asset measured at cost, less amortization. This would result in a total lease expense that generally would decrease over the lease term."
The topic is controversial and could impact every business with a lease and every investor who leases space.
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-- Kathy Bissell