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Depreciation is Weird Accounting

One of those misunderstood areas of accounting is depreciation. The basic concept is to match the original purchase price of a major asset to its utility throughout its lifetime. There are multitude of different methods incorporated to fulfil this goal.

Hobbies – Business Perspective and Tax Compliance

02/08/2014

Many people turn their hobbies into a business function.  Not so much to make a living or make big profits, but more to help offset the costs of the hobby.  Whenever you go to one of those community fairs, the vendors at the respective booths are [...]

Accelerated Depreciation – An Explanation

12/17/2013

When it comes to depreciation, no two businesses are alike. Unlike traditional straight line depreciation where the asset value is cost out to depreciation expense in equal increments over a given life expectancy, accelerated depreciation expenses [...]

The Various Forms of Depreciation

02/22/2013

There are various forms of depreciation used in the small business world.  In general, depreciation is not required but it is advisable.  So a small business owner should understand depreciation and the various forms of how to calculate the [...]

The Definition of Fixed Assets

01/05/2013

Any tangible item not consumed within one accounting cycle (typically a year) and providing long term utility is referred to as a Fixed Asset.  Traditional images include manufacturing equipment, tools, transportation vehicles, buildings and [...]

Small Business Tax Depreciation – Section 179

12/23/2012

The Internal Revenue Service sets the depreciation allowance based on the Code as promulgated by Congress.  The most commonly referenced section is 179.  This is a form of accelerated depreciation allowing the small business owner the opportunity [...]

Depreciation – This is Weird Accounting

12/11/2012

In the world of accounting, there are two types of expenses on the reports widely misunderstood.  They are depreciation and amortization.  I will try to help the novice gain an understanding of depreciation in this article.  So if you can, clear [...]