A fixed asset can be considered a tangible item that a business owns and uses to generate income. This can range from machinery and vehicles to any other fixed item used in a business’s operational quest for revenue. It is important to keep a record of fixed assets purchased, as the tax implications may be different for working assets.
The Importance of Accurately Recording Fixed Assets
Real estate, land, machinery, vehicles, and IT equipment are examples of fixed assets. A fixed asset in QuickBooks can also be referred to as a tangible asset. As outlined above, you can think of tangible/fixed assets as equipment or property that your business owns and needs to function and generate income. On a balance sheet, they appear as PP&E: property, plant, and equipment.
Accurately recording a fixed asset purchase like in QuickBooks helps you:
- Monitor your finances and the impact of the purchase,
- Accurately file your taxes at the end of the year,
- Give your tax practitioner the information they need for tax planning.
Using our QuickBooks guide to recording a fixed asset in QuickBooks can help you avoid errors when recording these items.
How to Record a Fixed Asset Purchase in QuickBooks Online
In QuickBooks Online, the Fixed Item Asset List can be used to track individual assets. This list allows you to enter information pertaining to the amount you purchased an item for, the date you purchased the item, and whether you purchased the asset new or used. Follow the instructions below to add purchase details of your fixed assets in Quickbooks.
1. Open the Fixed Asset Item List
- From the menu bar, select List > Fixed Asset Item List
2. Add a New Item
- Click the “Item” button in the lower-left corner of the list window.
- From the pop-up menu, select the “New” command.
- You will see the “Asset Name/Number” field. Input the name or number of the asset.
3. Select Account
- Next, use the “Asset Account” drop-down to select the asset account that should be used when tracking the value of the said asset.
4. Purchase Information Section
- In the “Purchase Information” section, select the option to identify if the item is new or if it is used.
- In the “Date” field input, record the date you purchased the item.
5. Asset Information Section
- Under the “Asset Information” section, describe the item by using the “Asset Description” box.
- Click ‘OK’ to save and close the New Item window.
Selling a Fixed Asset
Machinery and other asset upgrades are inevitable, if your business sells old equipment, this can also be recorded in your QuickBooks software, as it also affects your tax filing. To record selling an asset, access the Sales Information section and do the following:
- Mark the “Item Is Sold” section,
- Enter a “Sales Description” that will be followed by a sales date, price, and expense.
Get Help with QuickBooks Online
The most important part of implementing accounting software is having it set up correctly, to suit the needs of your business. An incorrect setup can lead to inconsistencies between your books and bank recon statements, and this would ultimately affect your tax filing. It is recommended that businesses consult the experts when implementing new software to aid accurate setup and train staff who will be making use of the software most.
Fusion CPA has certified accountants who are experienced in using QuickBooks Online and understand the intricacies of the software setup. We can show you how to add assets in QuickBooks Online and walk you through the process of making use of the software for bookkeeping. Our team of experienced accounting professionals can help you keep your software up-to-date to avoid unwanted issues with the IRS.
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