Expense Category

What expense category is a company car?

There are a few different ways to categorize company cars, and the correct expense category will depend on the specific vehicle and how it is used. Here are a few common expense categories for company cars:

Capital Expenditure

If the car is considered a long-term asset, it would fall under capital expenditure. This is typically the case for vehicles that are leased or financed for more than one year. The depreciation of the vehicle would be recorded as an expense on the company's balance sheet.

Operating Expense

If the car is used for business purposes, it would be classified as an operating expense. This would include vehicles that are used for sales, deliveries, or other business-related activities. The cost of fuel, maintenance, and repairs would be recorded as expenses on the company's income statement.

Other Expenses

There are a few other potential expense categories for company cars. If the car is provided as a benefit to employees, it would be classified as a fringe benefit. If the car is used for personal purposes, it would be considered a personal expense. And if the car is sold, the proceeds would be recorded as income on the company's income statement.

The correct expense category for a company car will depend on the specific vehicle and how it is used. Capital expenditure, operating expense, and other expenses are all potential categories for company cars.

The information provided in this article does not constitute legal or financial advice and is for general informational purposes only. Please check with an attorney or financial advisor to obtain advice with respect to the content of this article.
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