# How Do You Depreciate Equipment?

You can calculate the depreciation rate by dividing one by the number of years of useful life—an item with a useful life of five years has a 20% depreciation rate. If an asset with a useful life of five years and a salvage value of \$1,000 costs you \$10,000, the total depreciation in the first year is \$1,800.

## How Do You Depreciate Equipment?

Depreciation is a financial accounting concept used to calculate the cost of a tangible asset over its useful life. Equipment depreciation is the process of allocating the cost of a piece of equipment over its useful life. Business owners use this method to spread out the cost of an asset over its useful life and reduce the amount of taxable income in a single year, since the cost of the asset is already included in the balance sheet.

When calculating the depreciation of an asset, the cost of the asset must be accurately determined. This includes the purchase price, any installation fees, and any other costs related to the purchase, such as delivery and taxes. Once the cost of the asset has been determined, the useful life of the asset must also be calculated. Typically, the useful life of an asset is determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

When calculating depreciation, the cost of the asset is divided by the useful life of the asset. This figure is then multiplied by the percentage that the asset depreciates each year. For example, if the asset has a useful life of 10 years and depreciates 10% each year, then the depreciation for the first year would be 10% of the cost of the asset. The depreciation for the second year would be 20%