U is for Useful Life

Most of us want to have a long Useful Life, except when it comes to accounting. Then, we might want our Useful Life long or short, depending on who’s asking.

After the invention of writing, which I’m taking credit for on behalf of all accountants throughout history, the idea of depreciation may be the most significant contribution to the way businesses operate. It’s certainly the most “accounting-y” notion and an Accountant’s Full Employment Act, since even the simplest calculation takes years.

This depreciation graphic was too bizarre to resist. Is he upset at the potted plant? the building? the time value of money? Design courtesy of capital.com.
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