Are chattel valuations worthwhile under the IRD's depreciation regime?

Question from wrriley updated on 20th September 2007:

What is the latest information from the current depreciation review? Is it still worthwhile getting a detailed value of fittings and landlords chattels for depreciation accounting purposes?

Our expert responded:

IRD have indeed finalised their review of the depreciation regime which you can check out at In my opinion, it is still worthwhile getting a chattel valuation. The cost of the valuation should still be less than the extra value received from the additional depreciation. And, if you conduct any repairs and maintenance that result in having to remove an item (such as a hot water cylinder), then if there is any cost left to depreciate, you are able to write that cost off immediately as it has been broken out from the total purchase price and depreciated separately.

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Kenina Court is a director of Acorn Solutions Limited, an accounting firm dedicated to working with clients to help them create wealth. She is an avid property investor, entrepreneur and seminar presenter on asset protection and wealth strategies.


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