Dynamic Tax Depreciation Strategies

A.M.B. De Waegenaere, J.L. Wielhouwer

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The tax depreciation decision potentially has significant impact on the prof- itability of firms and projects. Indeed, the depreciation method chosen for tax purposes affects the timing of tax payments, and, as a consequence, it also affects the after-tax net present value of investment projects. Previous research focusses on the optimal choice of depreciation method under the assumption that the de- preciation method has to be set ex ante and cannot be changed during the useful life of the asset. In reality however, changes are allowed under certain circum- stances. This paper develops a dynamic programming approach to determine the firm’s optimal choice with regard to the initial depreciation method, and whether changes of method are proposed in later periods.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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  • Tax depreciation
  • Net Present Value
  • Dynamic Programming


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