This week we continue our fixed asset toolkit series focusing on key judgments around cost capitalization.
In our Toolkit podcast series, we are taking a deep dive into one accounting topic each month that goes beyond the basics and into areas that require judgment. This month, we are covering fixed assets – from acquisitions and capitalization to disposals.
Jay Seliber, PwC National Office partner, is back in the guest seat to share insights on the capitalization of assets with our host, Heather Horn.
In this episode, you will hear about:
  • 4:39 - The first three capitalization stages: (1) preliminary exploration, (2) pre-acquisition, and (3) construction, and the types of costs that can be capitalized in each
  • 13:42 - Capitalized interest - key considerations on timing and capitalization rate
  • 20:10 - The fourth stage of capitalization: placing an asset in-service and the accounting for related costs
  • 22:59 - The accounting for major maintenance
  • 29:30 - Asset depreciation methods and key judgments in reassessing useful life
  • 35:25 - Final reminders when capitalizing and depreciating fixed assets

Want to learn more? Listen to our previous podcast in this series on asset acquisitions and read about the capitalization of costs in our PP&E and other assets guide. Aircraft major maintenance is discussed in the AICPA’s Airlines guide.
About our guest
Jay Seliber is a partner in PwC’s National Office. He leverages over 30 years of experience to help clients with their most complex accounting matters, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, revenue recognition, stock compensation, earnings per share, employee benefits, restructurings, impairments, and financing transactions. Jay is presently PwC's representative on the FASB's Emerging Issues Task Force.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
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