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37 Examples of Capital Assets

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A capital asset is property that is expected to generate future revenue for a business. The distinction between capital assets and operational expenses depends largely on your business. Capital assets are the productive base of your business and this differs greatly from one industry to the next. For example, a utility company may categorize a fleet of cars as a capital asset but a car dealer might categorize cars as inventory. The following are a few common examples of capital asset.
Aircraft
Buildings
Cash
Cash equivalents
Collectibles & art
Commercial kitchen equipment
Computer hardware
Construction equipment
Data centers
Data storage devices
Display cases and shelving
Equipment
Factories
Farm machinery such as tractors
Farm structures such as silos
Furniture
Infrastructure
Laboratory equipment
Land
Land improvements
Machinery
Marketable securities
Media equipment and devices
Mobile devices
Office equipment
Power systems
Railroads and tracks
Restaurant seating and tables
Retail locations
Retail signage and displays
Security systems
Ships and boats
Software licenses
Storage facilities
Tools
Vehicles
Warehouses
Overview: Capital Asset
Type
Definition (1)
A long lasting item of property that can be reasonably expected to contribute to the future profits of a business.
Definition (2)
Long-term assets that are used in the operations of a business or held for investment purposes.
Significance
Capital assets are treated differently from operational expenses for tax purposes. In general, the costs of acquiring capital assets can't by fully deducted at the time of purchase and must be amortized or depreciated over the life of the asset.
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