Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization:
What is the difference among
depreciation, depletion, and amortization.
The term depreciation is used with reference to tangible
fixed assets because the permanent continuing and gradual fall in book value
is possible only in the case of fixed asset.
The term depletion is used for the depreciation of wasting
assets such as mines, oil wells, timber trees etc.
The term amortization is used in respect of intangible
assets like patents, copyrights, leasehold and goodwill which are recorded
at cost. Some intangible assets have limited useful life and are, therefore,
written off. The process of their writing off is called amortization.