Asset Example

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c) Now George wants to actually set up his business. He decides to buy some baking equipment for his catering, so that he can bake various foods. The equipment costs $12,000. He pays this in cash. What do we do?

Here is an analysis of the assets of George’s Catering before and after the above transaction: 

As we are essentially swapping one asset for another, the total of the assets does not change, only the value of the individual assets.

Our accounting equation is affected as follows: 

Swapping Assets

External parties still have a claim of $5,000 of the business’s assets. The owner still owns $15,000 of the $20,000 assets. The only thing that has changed is the mixture of assets: the $20,000 worth of assets is now made up of baking equipment to the value of $12,000, and $8,000 cash.

The accounting entry is: 

Baking equipment has increased from $0 to $12,000. It is an asset. Assets increase on the debit side (left). So, we debit baking equipment.

Bank has decreased by $12,000. It is also an asset. Which side does an asset decrease on? Well, if it increased on the debit side, then it must decrease on the credit side. So bank is credited.

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