Business Asset


DEFINITION of 'Business Asset'

A piece of property or equipment purchased exclusively or primarily for business use. Business assets span many categories, such as vehicles, real estate, computers, office furniture and other fixtures. Much of the start-up capital for many businesses goes toward the purchase of this type of asset. Business Assets are listed on the firm's balance sheet as items of ownership.

BREAKING DOWN 'Business Asset'

Most business assets can be written off and either depreciated according to the appropriate schedule or expensed under section 179 in the year of purchase. Business assets are different from business expenses, which include supplies and small tools and are simply deducted. Fixed business assets such as real estate and tangible property differ from current assets such as receivables.

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  1. Can working capital be depreciated?

    Working capital as current assets cannot be depreciated the way long-term, fixed assets are. In accounting, depreciation ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Do working capital funds expire?

    While working capital funds do not expire, the working capital figure does change over time. This is because it is calculated ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How much working capital does a small business need?

    The amount of working capital a small business needs to run smoothly depends largely on the type of business, its operating ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What does high working capital say about a company's financial prospects?

    If a company has high working capital, it has more than enough liquid funds to meet its short-term obligations. Working capital, ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How can working capital affect a company's finances?

    Working capital, or total current assets minus total current liabilities, can affect a company's longer-term investment effectiveness ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What can working capital be used for?

    Working capital is used to cover all of a company's short-term expenses, including inventory, payments on short-term debt ... Read Full Answer >>

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