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What is a Fitting?

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Fittings & fixtures
Fittings & fixtures

What is the difference between a fitting and a fixture?

FITTINGS: Fittings are objects that hold materials together.

FIXTURE: A fixture is a piece of equipment that performs a specific task.

Are there any fixtures that are not considered capital assets?

Yes, there are some fixtures that are not considered capital assets.

The following are examples of these fixtures:

  • Not permanently attached to real estate.
  • Attached to real estate.
  • Attached to real estate and recovered at the end of their useful life by selling the land.
  • Fixtures attached to real estate are recovered at the end of their useful life by selling the real estate.
  • Fixtures that are attached to real estate and have an indefinite useful life.

Which fixtures are considered capital assets?

Fixtures that are not permanently affixed to real estate are considered capital assets.

Examples of these fixtures include:

  • A garbage disposal installed in a kitchen.
  • A stove installed in a kitchen.
  • A water heater installed in a garage.
  • A dishwasher installed in a kitchen.
  • A washer and dryer installed in a garage.
  • A freezer installed in a garage.
  • A sink installed in a garage.

If a fixture is attached to real estate, the following rules apply:

  • The fixture is a capital asset if it is attached to real estate and has a useful life of more than one year.
  • The fixture is not a capital asset if it is attached to real estate and has a useful life of one year or less.
  • If the fixture is attached to real estate and has an indefinite useful life, the fixture is a capital asset.
  • If a fixture is attached to real estate, and has an indefinite useful life, the fixture is not considered a capital asset if the fixture is utilized in a trade or business.

Capital assets that are not fixtures include:

  • All items that are not attached to real estate.
  • Equipment that is not permanently attached to real estate.
  • Leasehold improvements.


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