Preliminary Expenses in Accounting
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, Netherlands
Preliminary expenses are those that are incurred before incorporation of a company (i.e., commencement of a business firm).
- Legal fees (like statuary fees),
- Logo and brand design costs,
- The cost of printing and circulating the memorandum, articles of association, and prospectus,
- Expenses for raising initial share capital,
- The cost of printing of share certificates
These expenses are incurred before the start of the company. Their benefits accrue for many years. They are therefore classified as capital expenditure and shown on the balance sheet under Current Assets (subcategory: other other current Assets). They may be written off over a period of (±5. Years or amortized within the same year (depending on their size and on local laws).