AbhishekBatabyalHelpful In: 1. Financial Accounting > Accounting Terms & Basics What is capital maintenance? What is capital maintenance? 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 Radhika 2021-12-12T14:11:54+00:00Added an answer on December 12, 2021 at 2:11 pm This answer was edited. Capital maintenance is a principle that states profit should not be recorded until its cost or capital has been maintained. In other words, profit should not be recognized unless net assets have been maintained. Capital maintenance states that profit recognized is the increase in the value of net assets. However, there are two exceptions to it: Cash increased because of sale of stock to shareholders Cash decreased because of dividend payout to its shareholders It is important because: It protects the interest of shareholders It protects the interest of creditors Accurately analyzing the performance of the company Capital maintenance is of two types: Financial Capital Maintenance It is measured by the value of assets at the beginning and end of the financial year. Physical Capital Maintenance It is measured by the production capacity at the beginning and end of the financial year. Capital maintenance is concerned with keeping proper account balances of assets and not the physical assets. Inflation is the increase in the economic value of goods due to the lower purchasing power and not an actual increase in the value of assets. So, if the value of an asset is increased due to inflation it does not depict the right picture for the company. Hence, if the value of assets increases due to inflation, companies need to adjust the value of assets to assess if capital maintenance has occurred. 0 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Related Questions What are some examples of deferred revenue expenses? Are brands intangible assets? 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?