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This year we sold a 2004 Cadillac for $16,500. Of this $8476

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This year we sold a 2004 Cadillac for $16,500. Of this $8476 went to pay off the loan and the balance was rolled over into the lease agreement for a 2008 Cadillac. My accountant gave me the following JE's but I'm not sure they are correct and I do't see any allocation for the $8024 which was taken off my current lease.   Please advise whether these entries are correct or how you would allocate the transaction. Thank you.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  RD replied 8 years ago.

Is the new Cadiallac that you are buying - bought under a capital lease? Meaning you own the vehicle at the end of the lease?



What is the cost of the old Cadillac on books and the accumulated depreciation and loan amount?

What is the cost of new Cadillac? Loan amount?


Entry does not look right. Why would the retained earnings be debited?


When you trade in an old car for a new one, the transaction is considered a like-kind exchange. Generally, no gain or loss is recognized

Customer: replied 8 years ago.


No - it is a straight lease and at the end of the term they keep the car


We didn't really trade it in - we sold the old one and leased a new one-they put the 8000 on the new lease to lower the payments I believe


The asset account 1570 had a balance of 67258.70 at the beginning of the month,deprecitation was 12,305.99, loand on vehicle was 9027.25 and principal 1294.08

Expert:  RD replied 8 years ago.
Are you sure the accumulated depreciation account in the balance sheet on this vehicle is $12,305.99?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.


yes, I am looking at my balance sheet and double checked with the account in the computer

Expert:  RD replied 8 years ago.

As per the entries - Loan on Auto is


Loan on Auto debit 9,027
Principle on Auto debit 1,294

But you mentioned that Loan was $8,476 which was paid off?


Which of the above amount is correct?


If $8,476 is the correct amount than the entry will be


Accum Deprec Auto debit 12412
Loan on Auto debit 9027
Principle on Auto debit 1294
Loss on Auto Sale debit Balancing figure

New Lease Cost debit 8,024

Transp Equip credit 67258

Customer: replied 8 years ago.


So are you saying the expense loss on auto figure should be $36501?

Expert:  RD replied 8 years ago.

Yes, it sounds unreasonable but based on the numbers you provided from the Balance Sheet - this is what it would be presuming that you have reported 100% business use on this vehicle.


I do not understand why is the depreciation so low.



Let me know if you have any question.


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