Capital Losses and Revenue Losses, Detail of Capital and Revenue Losses


The loss suffered by a company on the sale of fixed assets, The loss suffered by the business in the ordinary course of business is called revenue loss.

Capital and Revenue Losses:

Revenue losses are the losses which arise during the normal course of business whereas capital losses are those which occur when selling fixed assets or raising share capital. If a building purchased for Rs 5,00,000 is sold for Rs  4,50,000, there will be capital loss of Rs 50,000. Similarly, when shares of the face value of Rs 101 are issued at Rs 9 i.e. at a discount of Rs 1, the amount of discount will be a capital loss.

Treatment of capital losses is not different from that of capital profits. Just as capital profits are not shown in the profit and loss account, similarly capital losses are not shown in the profit and loss account. They are shown in the balance sheet on the assets side. As and when capital profits arise, capital losses are gradually written off against them. If however, capital losses are huge, the common practice is to spread them over a number of years and charge a part thereof to profit and loss account of each such year. But if they are negligible, they are debited to profit and loss account of the year in which they occur.

Causes: Capital loss occurs due to the sale of assets, share and debentures at a price less than their face value or book value. Revenue loss occurs due to heavy amount of operating expenses and low turnover or sales.

Nature: Capital loss does not occur in the normal course of the business. Revenue loss occurs in the normal course of the business.

Concept And Meaning of Revenue Losses

Revenue loss occurs in the ordinary course of the business. It results due to inefficiency in operating regular activities of the business. It results from the heavy amount of operating expenses and low amount of turnover. It is shown as debit balance on the debit side of the trading and profit and loss accounts. It adversely affects the amount of capital and stability of the business.

The capital loss includes:

  • Accidental loss of fixed assets.
  • issue of securities at discount.
  • Redemption of securities at the premium.
  • Embezzlement of case by the unauthorized person.
  • Obsolescence losses. losses by flood and earthquake etc.

The Revenue loss includes:

  • Embezzlement of cash by the cashier.
  • Embezzlement of goods by the storekeeper.
  • Bad debts.
  • Loss by fire of unsecured goods.
  • Depreciation loss on sale of depreciable asset.
  • Provision for doubtful debts and loss of goods due to the carelessness of the employee.


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  1. Shefali Sharma says

    Thanks for your information….

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