Where is Amortization shown in financial statements?

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What is Amortization?

Amortization can be referred to as the depreciation of intangible assets such as goodwill, patent, trademarks, copyrights, computer software, etc. It is the reduction in the value of intangible assets over a period of time.

Intangible assets having definite useful life lose their value over time due to technological changes, contract expirations, etc. So, finite-life intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over the period of their estimated useful lives.


Journal Entry

The journal entry for charging amortization expenses in the books of accounts is as follows-

Amortization Expense A/c Debit amt
 To Intangible Assets/Accumulated Amortization Expenses A/c Credit amt


Rules as per the Modern Approach

Account Nature of Account Rule
Amortization Expense A/c Expense Debit the increase in expense
 To Intangible Assets/Accumulated Amortization Expenses A/c Asset Credit the decrease in asset

Treatment in the Financial Statements

Amortization expenses are shown in both the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss account.

Financial Statement Treatment
Profit and Loss account Presented as Depreciation and Amortization Expenses under the head Expenses
Balance Sheet Reduced from the respective Intangible Assets under the head “Non-Current assets”

Let us also understand the same with the help of an example.



Suppose Infosys Inc. acquired a new computer software for 1,000,000 in the month of January 20×1. The estimated useful life of the software is 5 years.

In this case, computer software worth 1,000,000 will be recorded as an intangible asset at the time of acquiring the software.

However, it will be amortized at the end of each year for 5 years on a straight-line basis ie. 200,000 will be recorded as an expense and will be written-off from the amount of software each year for 5 consecutive years.

An extract of Profit & Loss A/c and Balance Sheet has been attached for a better understanding of the presentation of amortization expenses.

Amortization presented in P&L A/c


The above profit & loss extract shows 200,000 has been recorded as amortization expenses for the period Jan-Dec 20×1.

Amortization presented in balance sheet

The above balance sheet extract shows 200,000 amortization expenses written-off from the amount of computer software for the period Jan-Dec 20×1. The balance of 800,000 will be proportionately written off in the next 4 years.


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