Basis of Use System of Depreciation

Basis of Use System of Depreciation:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and explain the basis of use system of depreciation.

One of the chief factors causing depreciation is use. For example in the case of plant and machinery, it is the total number of hours for which the machines work is the main factor and not their life. Therefore, depreciation should be charged on the basis of use. In order to calculate, the total number of hours for which the machine is estimated to work is ascertained. The net cost of the asset is divided by the number of hours estimated and the result would give the amount of depreciation per hour. Each year depreciation would be written off at this rate on the number of hours worked during the year.


A machine is bought for $40,000 and its life is estimated at 20,000 hours. The hourly rate of depreciation will be $2. If in a year machine is used for 1,000 hours, depreciation will be $2,000 (1,000 × 2).

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  2. Causes of Depreciation
  3. Need for Depreciation
  4. Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization
  5. Difference Between Depreciation and Fluctuation
  6. Basic Factors of Determination of Depreciation
  7. Depreciation Methods / Methods for Providing Depreciation
  8. Fixed Installment Method / Straight Line Method / Original Cost Method
  9. Diminishing balance/written Down Value/Reducing Installment Method of Depreciation
  10. Annuity Method of Depreciation
  11. Depreciation Fund Method or Sinking Fund Method
  12. Insurance Policy Method of Depreciation
  13. Revaluation Method of Depreciation
  14. Sum of the Years’ Digits Method of Depreciation
  15. Double Declining Balance Method of Depreciation
  16. Depletion Method of Depreciation
  17. Basis of Use System of Depreciation
  18. Depreciation Of Various Assets
  19. Depreciation Accounting – General Questions and Answers

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