The fixed assets have always been the key resource for most of the small and medium sized businesses and they can represent a major portion of the net worth which is being captured on the balance sheet at the end of the accounting year. Recording the assets, maintaining them, and then finally reconciling the fixed asset account is one of the most vital tasks for an accounting professional since a single error can lead to an inaccurate version of the which might be reporting a different value of the business or incorrect tax reporting. Now such imperfection in work might not only affect the business itself, but also the investors, lenders, and agencies like the IRS.
Now what actually are these fixed assets, and how do they play an important role in the economic structure of a company? Knowing the answers to each of them is highly essential for all the companies believes the experts from Capital Asset Exchange and Trading who have been doing this for all their clients since years. While delivering similar services, they have found out that it is the ignorance of all their clients which lead to improper application in their books. A fixed asset is a resource which is purchased for operations in business and is meant for a long-term use. As the asset is being used for a pro-long stretch of years, it keeps depreciating so that the current value can be reflected in the financial statements. Some of the most common examples of fixed assets are land, buildings, furniture, fixture, the equipment within the office utilized for regular operation, and all sorts of leasehold improvements.
The fixed assets are generally recorded at their original cost, which includes much more than just the cost price of the particular asset. The additional cost includes the expenses that have been done in acquiring it, installing it and even the cost of preparation for using the equipment. For example, when the businesses purchase a parcel of land for constructing the new commercial buildings, there will be some inherent expenses in preparing the land for all types of construction purposes which must be recorded in the list of fixed asset.
At times, the fixed assets are purchased in bulk like that of the building and also the land upon which the constructions are being built upon. The land and building must be separated in the record books since the building will find depreciation, while the land will not. The cost can be separated and even allocated either by appraisal value or even the ration provided by the local municipal tax assessor.
Once the asset is being purchased or recorded, it must be kept under thorough tracking. All the fixed assets must be tagged permanently with a fixed asset tag and the number of the tag must correspond to the number that has been entered in the log book of the main accounting system. Each fixed asset has its own location and must be documented according to Capital Asset Exchange and Trading. This will help in keeping the inventory updated and will ensure smooth operation of the business.