Q. Do you count a computer as a fixed asset?
A. It depends.
It depends on your company policy. Generally, corporations set a capitalization policy where a minimum threshold must be reached to consider a computer a fixed asset since some things depreciate so quickly, it’s better to treat them as an expense. Consult with your accountant on what a generally accepted threshold lies. We can tell you that if your threshold happens to be $500USD, then netbooks, and even some computers and laptops could be considered either an expense or fixed asset depending on what side the price fell.
Fixed asset, also known as a non-current asset or as property, plant, and equipment (PP&E), is a term used in accounting for assets and property which cannot easily be converted into cash. This can be compared with current assets such as cash or bank accounts, which are described as liquid assets. In most cases, only tangible assets are referred to as fixed.