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To allocate the purchase cost of an asset over its life.
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The gradual reduction of an asset's value. It is an expense, but because it is non-cash, it is often effectively a tax write-off; that is, a person or company usually may reduce his/her/its taxable income by the amount of the depreciation on the asset. Because there are many different ways to account depreciation, it often bears only a rough resemblance to the asset's useful life. This may further benefit the company as they may continue to use the asset tax-free after its value has technically depreciated to nothing. See also: Amortization.
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To reduce the value of a long-term tangible asset.
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Being a psychology and commerce student, I've come up with a conclusion based on the principle that an asset depreciates over time.
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The court held that HCA could depreciate, over five years, a percentage of the electrical systems, measured by electrical load allocable to hospital equipment, as opposed to general building operation or maintenance.
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This analysis provides the independent evaluation required by the IRS to properly depreciate the construction costs over an accelerated schedule, thereby increasing near-term depreciation expense and deferring taxes.
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