Do you capitalize interest in your financial statements?

If yes, a new GASB statement will impact your financial statements.  In June of 2018, GASB statement 89, Accounting for Interest Costs Incurred before the End of a Construction Period, was issued. The statement was issued to address some concerns with consistency in financial reporting and to simplify the accounting for interest costs incurred before the end of a construction period.

What’s the impact?

Do you capitalize interest in your CAFR?

Well…. It’s simple.  Just stop capitalizing interest going forward.  Also, good news.  No need to go back and correct what has been done in the past. Going forward (post implementation), interest costs incurred before the end of a construction period will be expensed as incurred.

The statement is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, although earlier implementation is encouraged.  The statement is to be implemented prospectively, which again means no need to go back and undo what has been done in the past related to capitalized interest, only change going forward.

Should you have any questions or if you are considering implementing the standard early, feel free to reach out to your LSL CPAs team at (714) 672-0022!

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Debbie Harper

It's more than just a job, performing audits of municipalities in California. Debbie views her role at LSL CPAs as helping government work better for citizens. She is the primary quality control reviewer for the government services team at LSL and one of eighteen partners at the firm. In addition, she serves as the firm's Learning Director to oversee all technical training. She excels at details and relating to diverse groups, including public officials who her clients must report to on financial year-end results. You can reach Deborah at 714-672-0022. Read Deborah's complete bio.