News April 2021 FRC proposes extending application period for accounting requirements covering COVID-19-related rent

FRC proposes extending application period for accounting requirements covering COVID-19-related rent concessions

20 April 2021
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today issued an Exposure Draft that proposes to extend the application period of requirements that cover the accounting treatment of temporary rent concessions occurring as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic by one year.

FRED 78 proposes that requirements originally introduced into FRS 102 and FRS 105 in October 2020 apply to rent concessions that reduce only lease payments originally due on or before 30 June 2022, provided the other conditions for applying the requirements are met.

As pandemic restrictions continue, extending the existing time condition is considered necessary to ensure these concessions are accounted for consistently and in a way that best reflects their substance.

The amendments are proposed to be effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021, with early application permitted.

Comments on FRED 78 are invited by 11 May 2021.

The FRC expects to finalise these amendments in the first half of the year.

The following documents are referred to above:
  1. FRED 78 Draft amendments to FRS 102 and FRS 105 – COVID-19-related rent concessions beyond 30 June 2021 (Consultation)
  2. Amendments to FRS 102 and FRS 105 – COVID-19-related rent concessions (PDF)
  3. FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland
  4. FRS 105 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable to the Micro-entities Regime

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