by Jackie
(Oak Harbor, WA)

Are painting supplies cost of goods sold or operating expenses?

Are painting supplies cost of goods sold or operating expenses?

I am a bookkeeper for a painting contractor.

Can you tell me if the paint and the brushes, rollers, etc that he purchases for a specific job is considered COGS?

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Generally, cost of goods reports your direct costs related to providing a product or service. Operating expenses, on the other hand, do not usually have a direct association to the product or service.

For example; paint, brushes, rollers can normally be tied to a particular customer or job ... while advertising, invoicing, signs or office space are difficult to attribute to a specific job or customer.

Soooo ... I would say that yes, any paint, rollers, brushes are classified as cost of goods rather than operating expenses.

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