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Depreciation Recapture Calculator (Excel XLSX)

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  1. A simple Accounting tool to help with taxes on property sales.


This product (Depreciation Recapture Calculator) is an Excel workbook (XLSX), which you can download immediately upon purchase.

This one goes out to all you Accountants out there. The most common place you see recapture happening is in real estate. This is because property is depreciated and then sold for above book value at some point in the future.

When the sale happens, there are taxes owed on the depreciation expense that was taken since the property's inception. The same goes for any property, plant, or equipment sold above book value. Depending on the depreciation method used, the tax rate applied to that depreciation figure can vary. Sometimes, more aggressive depreciation methods will have higher tax rates, but if regular straight lined method is used, then it is often capped at 25%.

There are lots of nuances to this calculation, for example the capital loss can offset the gain from book value (cost basis is $100 > depreciation $15 over time > sell for $90. That means a $10 capital loss, but a $5 gain from book value to sale price. The $10 loss offsets the $5 gain and you still have $5 of capital losses.

As you can see, the amount of depreciation that has happened and the sale price are going to mean a different tax effect for each future period. The model makes it easy to see what happens at any future period (I went up to 600 total periods so it can handle any situation).

The main output columns are:
•  Net Taxable Depreciation Recapture
•  Remaining Capital Gains/Losses After Recapture Offset

The main inputs are:
•  Purchase price or cost basis
•  Depreciation Expense per Period
•  Sale Price Expected (entered for each future period)

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Source: Best Practices in Depreciation Excel: Depreciation Recapture Calculator Excel (XLSX) Spreadsheet, Jason Varner | SmartHelping


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File Type: Excel xlsx (XLSX)
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Initial upload date (first version): Jun 6, 2023
Most recent version published: Jun 8, 2023


Author: Jason Varner | SmartHelping

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I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. From there, I worked at a few small businesses doing financial reporting and some bookkeeping. After a few years of that, I started doing freelance financial consulting work on Elance and Upwork.

After over 400 jobs completed with a 100% success rate, I now run my own modeling/consulting practice and continue to build new financial models every few weeks. [read more]

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