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1. A tax deduction for the gradual consumption of the value of an asset, especially an intangible asset. For example, if a company spends $1 million on a patent that expires in 10 years, it amortizes the expense by deducting $100,000 from its taxable income over the course of 10 years. It is often used interchangeably with depreciation, which technically refers to the same thing for tangible assets.

2. The act of repaying a loan in regular payments over a given period of time.
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To write off gradually and systematically a given amount of money within a specific number of time periods. For example, an accountant amortizes the cost of a long-term asset by deducting a portion of that cost against income in each period. Likewise, an investor will usually amortize the premium each year on a bond purchased at a price above its principal.
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However, the final output targeted here is the amortized real estate cost -Cost_Am_RealE, and can be calculated as Cost_Am_RealE = [Cost_RealE * Ap_F] (Ap_F is Amortizable Parameter for Facility).
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Could such taxpayers argue that an asset which is identified as an amortizable Section 197 intangible under current law must also have been an amortizable intangible under prior law?
But, he cautioned, if you owned the vineyard in 1993 (before Section 197), and it was in a previously established AVA, the ruling would not apply, and your AVA-allocated value would not be amortizable.
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