Recording and Reporting of Damaged Capital Assets

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Recording and Reporting of Damaged Capital Assets. A tornado damaged a part of the City of Westbrook’s Police Station. Some of the costs related to the damage included the following:

1. The building wiring had to be replaced. Since the wiring was over 20 years old, replacing the wiring allowed the city to bring the wiring up to current code and accommodate the increasing technology needs of the police station.
2. A large section of the interior walls (dry-wall) had to be replaced and painted. The same type of material was used in replacing the interior walls. 3. All hardwood floors were replaced with the same materials.
4. Page 196Office furniture that had been gathered for transfer to the city’s surplus storage facility was damaged beyond repair. Replacement furniture was on order but had not been received by the date of the tornado.
5. The police station’s radio dispatch equipment suffered water damage.


a. Discuss how to determine if the police station should be considered impaired, and if it is impaired, how accounting and reporting should be handled.
b. Discuss whether you would classify the costs incurred to repair the building as enhancements or replacements.
c. Discuss the accounting treatment of the damaged furniture and radio dispatch equipment.

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