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how do i record intangible assets in quickbooks

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how do i record intangible assets in quickbooks?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Financial Software
Expert:  Doug Millington replied 3 years ago.

Doug Millington :

If you have a question about accounting, bookkeeping, QuickBooks or Peachtree I have the answer.

Doug Millington :

OK - intangible assets like copyrights, patents, goodwill, trade names etc should be shown on the Balance Sheet as "Other Assets" type of account and be recorded at cost

Doug Millington :

If you did not buy them but developed them will not appear on the balance sheet

Doug Millington :

Also the amortization associated with any intangible asset will also be shown as an "Other Assets" type of account but like accumunlated depreciation be a contra account and have a credit balance to offset the cost of the intnagible asset

Doug Millington :

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to discuss further - I'm here to help.

Customer:

does the worth of the asset come into play, just like tangible assets? or do you put on your balance sheet ONLY the cost of say, developing technology for a product?

Doug Millington :

Cost only - NOT FAIR MARKET VALUE

Customer:

OK- so let me get this straight. If i had technology developed and i spent 3M developing the technology, and it was owners investment; what would i use as the payee and account for this? Is it bad to show that all of the assets coming from owner equity ? thanks so much!

Doug Millington :

Research and developement costs are current period expenses and not capitalized. If however you go out and buy the rights to a patent then that is an intangible asset and is recorded at cost on the books. So in your example of spending 3 million developing technology all of this would be a current period expense and not an asset.

Doug Millington :

I know it sounds somewhat counter intuitive but that is the correct current treatmentof internally developed intangible assets.

Customer:

ok thanks! that answers my question of assets coming from owner equity!

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