Fixed Asset Credit For Damages

A business buys a piece of equipment for 4,000. The equipment is damaged during shipping, and the seller gives the business a partial credit of 750.

How do you show the Fixed Asset Credit For Damages?

The fixed asset partial credit for damages transaction is shown in the accounting records with the following bookkeeping entries:

Fixed Asset Credit For Damages Journal Entry
Account Debit Credit
Equipment 750
Accounts payable 750
Total 750 750

Fixed Asset Credit For Damages Bookkeeping Entries Explained

The debit of 750 represents the reduction in the liability to the seller.

The credit shows the reduction in the cost of the equipment from the original 4,000 to 3,250.

The Accounting Equation

The Accounting Equation, Assets = Liabilities + Equity means that the total assets of the business are always equal to the total liabilities plus the equity of the business This is true at any time and applies to each transaction. For this transaction the Accounting equation is shown in the following table.

fixed asset credit for damages accounting equation

In this case one asset (fixed assets equipment) decreases representing the reduction in the cost of the equipment. This is balanced on the other side of the accounting equation by a decease in a liability (accounts payable) as the amount owed to the supplier is now reduced by the partial credit.

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Last modified November 18th, 2019 by Michael Brown

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Chartered accountant Michael Brown is the founder and CEO of Double Entry Bookkeeping. He has worked as an accountant and consultant for more than 25 years and has built financial models for all types of industries. He has been the CFO or controller of both small and medium sized companies and has run small businesses of his own. He has been a manager and an auditor with Deloitte, a big 4 accountancy firm, and holds a degree from Loughborough University.

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