Expense Category
Utilities

What expense category are utilities?

Utilities can fall into a few different expense categories, depending on the business and how the utilities are used. The most common expense categories for utilities are:

  • Operating expenses: This is the most common category for utilities, as they are typically used in the day-to-day operations of the business. This would include items like electricity, water, and gas.
  • Capital expenses: This category is for items that are considered part of the long-term infrastructure of the business. This would include items like HVAC systems and major appliances.
  • Other: There are a few other possible categories for utilities, depending on the business. This could include items like telephone and internet service, or waste disposal services.

The best way to determine which category is most appropriate for your utilities is to speak with your accountant or financial advisor. They will be able to help you categorize your expenses in the most accurate way.

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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