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Ez File 1040Ez file 1040 Publication 534 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Important Change for 1995 Introduction How To Use This Publication Important Change for 1995 Major changes to Publications 534 and 946. Ez file 1040 This publication, as well as Publication 946,How To Depreciate Property, has been changed. Ez file 1040 Publication 534 has been shortened. Ez file 1040 It no longer contains general information on MACRS and the section 179 deduction. Ez file 1040 It contains a discussion of the accelerated cost recovery system (ACRS), the ACRS Percentage Tables, a discussion of other methods of depreciation, and a limited discussion of listed property. Ez file 1040 We expanded Publication 946 by adding material taken from Publication 534. Ez file 1040 We added more detail to the discussions of the section 179 deduction, the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS), and listed property. Ez file 1040 We replaced the partialMACRS Percentage Tables with the complete ones from Publication 534. Ez file 1040 We also added the Table of Class Lives and Recovery Periods from Publication 534. Ez file 1040 We made these changes to eliminate most of the duplication that existed in the two publications. Ez file 1040 This will save money and make it easier for you to decide which publication you need. Ez file 1040 Use this publication to figure depreciation on property you placed in service before 1987; use Publication 946 to figure depreciation on property you placed in service after 1986. Ez file 1040 Introduction The law allows you to recover your cost in business or income-producing property through yearly tax deductions. Ez file 1040 You do this by depreciating your property, that is, by deducting some of your cost on your tax return each year. 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Ez file 1040 How To Use This Publication This publication describes the kinds of property that can be depreciated and the methods used to figure depreciation on property placed in service before 1987. Ez file 1040 It is divided into three chapters and contains an appendix. Ez file 1040 Chapter 1 explains the rules for depreciating property under the Accelerated Cost Recovery System (ACRS). Ez file 1040 Chapter 2 explains the rules for depreciating property first used before 1981. Ez file 1040 Chapter 3 explains the rules for listed property. Ez file 1040 Also this chapter defines listed property. Ez file 1040 The appendix contains the ACRS Percentage Tables. Ez file 1040 Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
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