Fixed Assets GL Posting Flow Part 4

Today’s #TipTuesday is a continuation of what happens during Retirement transactions in Dynamics GP. Today: retirements after the first year of ownership (in a year subsequent to the acquisition year).

The previous posts so far are:

  1. Additions with & without YTD/LTD amortization
  2. Depreciation/Amortization
  3. Retirements in the 1st year of ownership

Setting the stage

In this post, once again I have 3 new desk “assets”, with the same settings as what I used in the previous example (half-year rule, straight line, 5 year life). For this example though, they were all purchased Jan 1, 2019 and thus are more than 1 year old in my examples. Here is the posting flow spreadsheet of where I am starting from, which is to say: 2019 amortization is complete as is Q1 2020.

Pre-retirement data for my assets


Once again, the results of the scenarios was identical (to each other, not identical to last post’s results) so instead of spelling each one out and taking more pics of the retirement window, I’ll just say this:

  • DESK004 was retired at Jan 31, 2020 (even though amort was up to March)
  • DESK005 was retired at Mar 31, 2020
  • DESK006 was retired at Dec 31, 2020 (without full year amortization)

The result of that retirement is as follows, for each desk:

  • DR Depreciation Expense (000-6000-00) for $60
  • DR Depreciation Reserve (aka Accum. Amort.) (000-1610-00) for $180
  • DR Recognized Gain/Loss (000-7000-00) for $960
  • CR Asset Cost (000-1510-00) for $1,200

This is exactly what I was expecting in the scenarios I wrote about last week: that Dynamics GP would be calculating a half-year of amortization expense and incorporating that into the retirement entry. In all 3 cases above, they had been amortized for 1 quarter, and thus 1 more quarter of amortization for the year is appropriate in the year of disposal, hence the $60 extra amortization expense. With $120 in amortization expense, that is exactly half of the annual expected amount if the asset were not retired in 2020.


This set of examples was more in line with what I expected to occur when I performed these retirement transactions. Here is my final spreadsheet for assets DESK004 through DESK006.

Post-retirement data set for my asset group

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