Radha In: 1. Financial Accounting > Accounting Terms & Basics What is a capital asset? What is a capital asset? Share Facebook You must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Captcha* Remember Me! Forgot Password? Need An Account, Sign Up Here 1 Answer Voted Recent AbhishekBatabyal Helpful Pursuing CA, BCOM (HONS) 2021-12-07T19:29:43+00:00Added an answer on December 7, 2021 at 7:29 pm Meaning Capital assets mean the assets which are used in the business operations to generate revenue. The benefit from these assets is expected to flow to the enterprise beyond the time span of one year. Capital assets are commonly called fixed assets. Examples of capital assets are plant, machinery, land, building, vehicles etc. To expense the capital assets for the economic benefits they provide, they are depreciated over their useful life on some equitable basis. When capital assets are sold, the gain on sale is credited to the capital reserve account. On loss, it is simply debited to the profit and loss account. Capital assets are shown under the heading ‘Plant, Property and Equipment’ under the asset head of the balance sheet. Assets that do not qualify as capital assets The assets which provide economic benefits for less than a year do not qualify as capital assets. Such as inventories, accounts receivables etc. are not capital assets. Also, those assets which are not intended to be held for more than 1 year are not capital assets even if such assets are capable of providing economic benefits for more than 1 year. Such assets will be considered current assets. For example, if a plot of land is purchased by a business but the intention is to sell it after 2 months then such land will not be considered a capital asset. 0 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Related Questions What comes in debit side of Realisation account? What is recorded in the Realisation account? What is not included in Realisation account? What is recorded on the credit side of a Realisation account? Can accounts payable have a debit balance? Why is profit on debit side? Is goodwill a fixed asset?