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  • How to calculate the net present value of future minimum lease payments for finance leases?

    The formula is quite simple – you just multiply the annual lease payment by the present value factor, and that results in the net present value of future minimum lease payments, which is recorded on the balance sheet as the lease liability (and ROU asset). For example, let’s say the following information is available: The […]

  • What is the journal entry to record the amortization expense for a finance lease?

    On the lease inception (start) date, the company would capitalize the finance lease onto the balance sheet based on the net present value of future minimum lease payments. The company then needs to amortize the ROU asset. Annual amortization expense is calculated as the ROU asset divided by the lease life. So, if the ROU […]

  • What is the journal entry to record the finance lease on the lease inception date?

    On the lease inception date, the company debit right of use (ROU) asset and credit lease liability for the net present value of future minimum lease payments. The visual below shows the journal entry for a lease that has a net present value of future minimum lease payments of $60,000.