John Hay In: Category - ExpenseWhere are preliminary expenses shown in the financial statements?financial statementspreliminary expenses ShareFacebook1 AnswerVotedRecent Palaktripathi 2020-08-06T15:13:02+05:30Added an answer on August 6, 2020 at 3:13 pm This answer was edited. In simple words, all the expenses that are incidental to the incorporation or commencement of a business are known as preliminary expenses. For example, statutory fees, stamp duty, registration fees, etc.Treatment in Financial StatementsIn case the value of preliminary expenses is less we write off the same at once however, they are shown as an intangible asset in the balance sheet and written off at regular intervals over a fiscal period when the value of the expenses is high. I would like to explain this concept further with the help of an example.ExampleABC Ltd. incurs an expense of 4,00,00 before the commencement of its business. They decide to write off the preliminary expense of 4,00,000 within the next 4 financial years. The journal entries in the books of ABC Ltd. are as follows:Preliminary expenses a/cDebit4,00,000Debit the increase in assetTo Bank a/cCredit4,00,000Credit the decrease in asset(being expenses paid)Preliminary expenses written off a/cDebit1,00,000Debit the increase in expensesTo Preliminary expenses a/cCredit1,00,000Credit the decrease in asset(being expenses written off)Note: As the company has decided to write off the preliminary expenses within the next 4 financial years, therefore only 1/4th of the amount (4,00,000 x 1/4 = 1,00,000) will be recorded in the current years income statement and the remaining balance of (3,00,000) shall be recorded in the balance sheet of the same financial period.Profit and Loss a/cDebit1,00,000Debit the increase in expensesTo Preliminary expenses a/cCredit1,00,000Credit the decrease in expenses(being expenses transferred to p/l a/c)Placement in Balance Sheet(Image to be inserted here)Hope this helps.0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsAppLeave an answerCancel replyYou must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Captcha* Click on image to update the captcha. Remember Me! Forgot Password?