What assets cannot be depreciated?

Assets that can't be depreciated

Here are some examples of which asset cannot be depreciated:

Considering that a definition of fixed assets is: An asset used for generating business income that is not likely to be converted to cash or cash equivalents within the space of one fiscal year. They are also referred to as “non-current assets” or “long-term assets.”

While many fixed assets can be depreciated, there are some that cannot be depreciated for various reasons. Here are some examples of which asset cannot be depreciated:


Land is typically regarded as an asset that does not depreciate since it is not anticipated to deteriorate, become outdated, or have a restricted lifespan. Nevertheless, any enhancements made to the land, such as constructions or landscaping, can be subject to depreciation.

Intangible Assets

Some intangible assets, like goodwill, trademarks, and copyrights, may not be depreciated. Instead, they are subject to amortization, which is the systematic allocation of their costs over their estimated useful lives.

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Investments in Affiliated Companies

Investments in the stock of other companies are not typically depreciated. Instead, they may be subject to impairment charges if their value declines.

Natural Resources

Assets like mineral deposits and timber are not depreciated. Instead, their costs are typically accounted for through depletion.

Historical or Collectible Items

Items like rare art, historical artifacts, and collectibles may not be depreciated. Instead, they are often recorded at their historical cost and may be subject to periodic appraisals.

Leased Assets

If a company leases an asset under an operating lease (where they don’t take ownership at the end of the lease term), the leased asset is not typically depreciated. The lease payments are recorded as operating expenses.

It’s important to note that accounting rules and regulations can vary by jurisdiction and may change over time, so it’s essential to consult with a qualified accountant or follow the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) applicable in your region to determine the specific treatment of fixed assets in your financial statements and be sure which asset cannot be depreciated.

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