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Free Taxes 2012Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 This publication, as well as Publication 946,How To Depreciate Property, has been changed. Free taxes 2012 Publication 534 has been shortened. Free taxes 2012 It no longer contains general information on MACRS and the section 179 deduction. Free taxes 2012 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. Free taxes 2012 We expanded Publication 946 by adding material taken from Publication 534. Free taxes 2012 We added more detail to the discussions of the section 179 deduction, the modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS), and listed property. 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