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Making sense of your Property Plant and Equipment

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Many businesses especially SMEs are constantly faced with the dilemma of determining the real cost of an item of Property, Plant, or Equipment (PPE). Is it simply the price paid to acquire the particular item or is there more to it? Before we attempt to answer these questions, we must first appreciate what is PPEs.

According to International Accounting Standard (IAS) 16, PPEs are tangible items that:

  1. Are held for use in the production or supply of goods or services, for rental to others, or for administrative purposes; and
  2. Are expected to be used during more than one period i.e. more than an accounting year.

If the item you have just purchased does not meet the definition as outlined above, it should not be classified as a PPE but rather as an expense. If it does, then let’s turn our attention to what comprises the real cost of a PPE.

Its Purchase Price – This price is inclusive of non-refundable purchase taxes and all import duties but exclusive of any rebates and trade discounts.
Directly Attributable Costs –
These costs relate to bringing the PPE to its intended location and to a condition necessary for it to be capable of operating in the manner intended by management.
For example, costs of site preparation, delivery and handling fees, installation fees, architects and engineers’ fees, and costs of testing whether the asset is functioning properly.
Dismantling Costs –
These costs are initial estimates for dismantling and removing the PPE and restoring the site on which it is located.

I hope this information was helpful to you with understanding a little bit more about PPEs.

If you are still unsure and require assistance, we at WJ Accounting are ready and able to assist.

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