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Depreciable Life
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What is Depreciable Life?

Depreciable Life, in the context of the construction industry, refers to the estimated period during which a tangible asset like a building, machinery, or equipment used for construction purposes, can generate income before it becomes outdated or reaches the end of its useful economic life. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) often stipulates the depreciable life of an asset, typically ranging from 15 to 39 years for commercial real estate. This expected lifespan is vital in determining depreciation rates for businesses to recover the cost of assets over time via tax deductions. It assists in shaping financial and investment decisions on repairs, replacements, and asset acquisitions in construction businesses.