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Archit Melana (CA final)     17 January 2018

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Will software purchase along with computer capitalize or not??

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Rishad kk (Article)     17 January 2018

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Yes Capitalise

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CA Amrita Chattopadhyay (Financial consultant)     25 January 2018

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The software becomes the part of the computer without which the computer will not operate. Thus the software has to be capitalized

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Milind M. Kulkarni (Practicing CA)     24 February 2018

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Identify software purchased without which computer cannot run. You have to capitalise all these softwares along with computer. The company may have purchased certain other softwares which are useful for the business but not necessary to run computers. They are to be treated as softwares separate from computers. The company may capitalise them or charge to revenue depending on perceived usefulness in long term.

David Shanks (Florida)     15 April 2018

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General rule of thumb
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As a general rule of thumb the following is a reasonable guideline that holds good in most circumstances ~

~ If the expenditure is on replacement software for a facility that already exists and does not provide any significant extra facilities (eg - changing from one word processing program to another), it is revenue expenditure. This includes upgrades to existing software in the normal course of events that do not provide any fundamental change to the pre-existing facilities.

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David Shanks (Florida)     15 April 2018

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Where the expenditure provides a facility that did not previously exist (eg - cost of first website or the addition of online shopping facilities to an existing website), it is capital expenditure. This includes the operating system and any other software that is supplied pre-loaded on new computers. There are times however when capital expenditure is not expected to last for more than one year, in which case it should be written off to the Profit and Loss Account accordingly.

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David Shanks (Florida)     15 April 2018

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Capitalise Sage Instant Accounts 2013 Software

My husband has recently become a self employed painter and decorator and I am completing his accounts. I have recently purchased Sage Instant 2013 software, outright, no licence, which I have installed on our previously owned laptop.Do I need to capitalise the cost of the software and if so, how many years do I depreciate it over, or can I record it as an expense? If I am to depreciate it, can I assume it will have no residual value at the end of it's life?

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David Shanks (Florida)     15 April 2018

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If your company is unable to find off-the-shelf software that meets its needs, you may have employees or contractors building custom software.  Purchased software is capitalized (made into an asset) and depreciated, and so can internally developed software as long as it’s true new development and not bug fixes or ongoing maintenance work.

This blog is about going back to the basics in accounting, and the objective of the post is to walk you through the correct way to book a capitalized software journal entry.

The trickiest part of the capitalized software journal entry is the data gathering.  Getting the data from contractors is easy – ask them to invoice you and segregate development work from bug fixes and ongoing maintenance.  As for getting data from your employees’ work, some companies choose to have engineers track by hour what they’re working on.  Other companies may meet with engineering management periodically (i.e., quarterly) and ask for estimates by employee.  Some companies get savvy and get their data from the data the engineers already use, perhaps from “story points” if the team engages in “Agile” development.  Now apply weighted (employer tax + benefits) salary rates to the engineer’s development time.

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David Shanks (Florida)     15 April 2018

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  • Not crediting a contra expense assets: Yes, we’re removing salary expense from your income statement. But remember you’ll always want to have salaries expense as a debit to wage expense at gross in your trial balance.  Use a “contra” expense called “development” to make those credits (reductions) to expense.
  • Not capitalizing assets by the “product” or “project.” You may want to add internally developed software assets to your fixed asset register in chunks like “all the software we developed during June 2017.”  But there may be different software projects mixed up in there.  If a project were ever decommissioned, you will need to dispose of this asset.  Make sure your data straight from the beginning can specify a “project.”
  • Not enough documentation! Auditors reviewing GAAP financials or the IRS reviewing R&D tax credits, may disallow the capitalization if there isn’t sufficient documentation.  Have your engineering management create a quarterly “narrative” in common language of what exactly was actually built that period.  And make sure as accountants we have documentation to allow an auditor to trace from an engineer’s time straight through to the journal entry!

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David Shanks (Florida)     15 April 2018

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their net realizable value will be expensed in the period in which such a determination is made. Significant judgments and estimates are made when assessing the net realizable value of unamortized software development costs. If our accounting judgments and estimates prove to be materially inaccurate, we may expense such software development costs immediately and our financial results could be materially and adversely impacted in future periods.

During the twelve months ended March 31, 2006, we capitalized $1.3 million of acquired software obtained in connection with the acquisition of Quantiva’s business (Note 6). Amortization of acquired purchased software is recorded on a straight-line basis over three years from the date of the purchase. Amortization was $418 thousand for the twelve months ended March 31, 2007. We considered the economic consumption method alternative for amortizing these costs and determined that the straight-line method was preferable given the amount of subjectivity involved in projecting the timing of cash flows related to the acquired Quantiva software. Acquired capitalized software of $436 is included on the balance sheet within acquired intangible assets, net.

We are implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, system in order to better manage the growth and increasing complexity of our business and to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our internal control over financial reporting. Certain costs that are incurred in the procurement and development of this ERP system are capitalized in accordance with SOP 98-1 (“Accounting for the Costs of Computer Software Developed or Obtained for Internal Use”). Preliminary project planning costs associated with the project were expensed as incurred. Once we executed contracts with third parties and committed to develop the software system, capitalization of eligible costs began. Capitalized costs to date include fees paid for the purchase of software, fees paid to third parties to develop customizations to the software during the application development stage, and payroll and payroll related costs for employees who are directly associated with and devote time to the software project and who are working on software development tasks such as design requirements, development, infrastructure, testing and project management. General and administrative costs and overhead costs are not capitalized. As of March 31, 2007, capitalized software costs relating to the ERP system implementation totaled $3.3 million. Amortization of internal use software will be recorded on a straight-line basis over five years once the project is substantially complete and ready for its intended use, which is currently expected to be in fiscal year 2008.

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