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beginner's financial accounting question
10-24-2009, 12:12 PM
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beginner's financial accounting question
Sorry if this is in the wrong place... I'm brand new here.

I am a student in Financial Accounting and ran across a question I was having trouble answering about double-declining-balance depreciation.

Can the asset be depreciated down to it's residual value before the useful life is reached?

Our textbook gave us the following scenario An asset has a 6 year life and a total value of $74,700. The salvage value is $14,700. Show the depreciation each year using the DDB method. By my calculations, after 4 years, the book value is $14,756 and thus only $56 can be depreciated in year 5 and zero dollars in year 6. Is this acceptable or are there certain times like this when you cannot use DDB?

Thank you for any help you have. I could not find any examples like this online; everything just showed the final amount depreciated in the final year of use. Our book has had a ridiculous amount of typos thus far, so I just want to make sure the question is appropriate.
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10-24-2009, 04:07 PM
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http//beginnersinvest.about.com/od/incomestatementanalysis/a/double-declining-balance-depreciation-method.htm


I don't feel this method of depreciation is in accordance with IAS 16.

An entity should choose the depreciation method that systematically allocates the cost of the asset over its useful life.

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Ahmed
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10-26-2009, 01:58 PM
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Yea... I agree with it. Anyhow can you give me the name of book, i will guide you in this regard.

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11-02-2009, 07:50 PM
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Hi

I do not feel the method of depreciation and any entry should choose the depreciation.
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11-04-2009, 04:46 PM
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Dear.

Under straight Line method the yearly depreciation will be.Rs.10,000 (74700-14700=60,000 / 6 years)
and the other way is that
74700/6=12450/- depreciate each year 12450 and at the end it will be Rs.14700 (salvage value).

Please keep in mind that double declining method gives a percentage, and there is no percentage of depreciation is given in this questino.

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