useful life

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Useful life

The expected period of time during which a depreciating asset will be productive.
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Useful Life

The amount of time, as determined by the IRS, that an asset is expected to be used. The useful life is important in determining taxes assessed on the depreciated value of the asset each year. Theoretically, an asset's useful life is equal to its absolute physical life, but, because the useful life is an estimation, this is not always the case.
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useful life

(1) In accounting and taxation,the time period over which an asset is depreciated.(2) In appraisal,the time period during which one can expect a positive cash flow from a property.

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This ruling modified earlier rulings and removed the implication such intangibles are, as a matter of law, indistinguishable from goodwill with no determinable useful life. However, the taxpayer bears the burden of proving the intangible asset has an ascertainable value separate from goodwill and a limited useful life determinable with reasonable accuracy.
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It claimed that the reclassification from nonresidential 31.5- and 39-year property made to conform with the ISP-recommended 15-year recovery period "did not involve a material item, is analogous to a change in useful life, is a mere correction, and does not deviate from an established consistent method of treatment." Further, Brookshire argued that, if the depreciation schedule changes were an accounting-method change, the Service's acceptance of the 1993-1995 amended returns, and subsequent payment of the refunds, served to grant the required permission.
Indeed, the court seemed to adopt the taxpayer's position that the inspection procedures performed every three or four years merely permitted the engines to achieve their expected useful life of 40 years, as the procedures were not in the nature of an overhaul or engine rebuild.
One simple method of calculating depreciation is by finding (or estimating) the effective useful life of the property, subtract the amount of time the item has been in service (how long ago it was bought), and then divide the remaining useful life by the effective useful life.
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Despite the presence of material impairment adjustments in many financial statements, however, there is rarely any mention of a concurrent shortening of the impaired asset's estimated useful life for purposes of accelerating future depreciation charges.
The secondary useful life for electric vehicle batteries suggested in "Powerful recycling" (PEJanuary) could very well solve many energy storage problems in stationary applications, although some questions arise.