Calculate Depreciation as per Companies Act, 2013

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Calculate Depreciation as per Companies Act, 2013

Depreciation as we know is a reduction in value of asset put to use from wear and tear. Over the time, value of asset diminishes. It happens because the asset wears and tears out from its use.

Every year we record this reduction in our accounting books. It affects the valuation of assets in our financial statements. As Fixed Asset forms a major part in our net worth valuation, it needs outmost care. Also, there are provisions in Companies Act that needs calculation of correct depreciation. For e.g., section 123 requires making provisions for depreciation before declaring dividends.

Provisions on calculation of depreciation are in Schedule II of the Companies Act. It provides useful life for different assets for calculating the depreciation. It doesn’t bind us with any specific method of depreciation. In fact, it is liberal to allow us any method to calculate depreciation. All we need is to use the useful life from this schedule to calculate the depreciation. If useful life of asset is different from schedule II, we have to disclose it in our Financial Statement. Schedule II contains 3 Parts:

  • Part A – Definition of Depreciation, selection of useful life and valuation of scrap value
  • Part B – Useful life or Scrap Value given by any other Statutory Law to prevail over this Schedule
  • Part C – Useful Life of Assets

You can read the full legal text of the Companies Act from this link of Ministry of Corporate Affairs Website. This article summarises the Schedule II briefly. It explains the procedure for calculation of Depreciation under the Companies Act, 2013.

How to Calculate Depreciation under the Companies Act, 2013:

Use these steps to calculate Depreciation under the Companies Act, 2013:

  1. Decide method of Depreciation

    Companies Act is silent on method of depreciation. But it is more useful to use Written Down Method (WDV) as we have to use this method for Income-tax purposes. In Income-tax Act, we have the concept of Asset Blocks for which we use WDV Method to compute depreciation. Read our article – “how to calculate Depreciation under WDV Method to learn this method“.

  2. Use useful life from Part C of Schedule II

    Once we decide on method of calculation, we have to take useful life from Part C of the schedule. You can take any other useful life also. But only with proper justification and technical reports. If you use any other useful life, you have to disclose it in your financial statements. You can view useful life from schedule II, here.

  3. Use residual value of up to 5 percent (max)

    For our calculation, we have to use residual value of up to 5 percent (max) only. If we use more than this, we have to disclose it in our financial statements. Such choice of more than 5 percent need justification supported with technical advice.

  4. For Intangibles, apply Ind AS

    For intangibles, we need to apply Ind AS. If Ind AS is not applicable on the company, apply Accounting Standards (AS). Companies Accounting Standards (Rules), 2006 covers these AS

  5. For Special Intangible Assets use Amortisation

    Use Amortisation for intangible asset (Toll Roads) created under ‘Build, Operate and Transfer’. Use it also for ‘Build, Own, Operate and Transfer’ or any other form of public private partnership. Formula given for amortisation is – $latex Amortisation Rate = \frac{Amortisation Amount}{Cost of Intangible Assets (A)}\times{100} $ $latex Amortisation Amount = {Cost of Intangible Asset (A)} \times (\frac{Actual Revenue for the year (B)}{Projected Revenue (C)}) $

Some Important Points-

  • If part of Asset is of significant value, calculate separate depreciation for the part. For e.g., Packaging Machine of ₹ 1 crore has book value of 10 lakh in 9th year of its use and a major part is replaced for ₹ 80 lakh. Here, replacement part is of significant amount. Also, it’s useful life will be different from the machine as it is new and is of significant value. Hence, it’s depreciation must be calculated separately with its own separate useful life.
  • Except for assets not permitted for part-shifts, other assets can be used in double or triple shifts. Depreciation for double shift will increase by 50% and for triple shift by 100%.
  • NESD in below Table stands for No Extra Shift Depreciation. That is even if used for many shifts, there will be no extra depreciation for these assets.
  • If during Financial Year any addition of asset is done, or sold or demolished, then pro rata basis should be used. That is depreciation must be calculated for the number of days used in that year.

Part C – Useful life

Nature of Assets Useful Life SLM Rate WDV Rate
I. Buildings [NESD]
(a) Buildings (other than factory buildings) RCC Frame Structure  60 Years 1.58% 4.9%
(b) Buildings (other than factory buildings) other than RCC Frame Structure  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
(c) Factory buildings  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
(d) Fences, wells, tube wells  5 Years 19.00% 45.1%
(e) Others (including temporary structure, etc.)  3 Years 31.67% 63.2%
II. Bridges, culverts, bunders, etc. [NESD]  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
III. Roads [NESD]
(a) Carpeted roads
(i) Carpeted Roads-RCC  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
(ii) Carpeted Roads-other than RCC  5 Years 19.00% 45.1%
(b) Non-carpeted roads  3 Years 31.67% 63.2%
IV. Plant and Machinery
(i) General rate applicable to plant and machinery not covered under special plant and machinery
(a) Plant and Machinery other than continuous process plant not covered under specific industries  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
1[(b) continuous process plant for which no special rate has been  prescribed under (ii) below [NESD]]  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
(ii) Special Plant and Machinery
(a) Plant and Machinery related to production and exhibition of Motion Picture Films
1. Cinematograph films—Machinery used in the production and exhibition of cinematograph films, recording and reproducing equipments, developing machines, printing machines, editing machines, synchronizers and studio lights except bulbs  13 Years 7.31% 20.6%
2. Projecting equipment for exhibition of films  13 Years 7.31% 20.6%
(b) Plant and Machinery used in glass manufacturing
1. Plant and Machinery except direct fire glass melting furnaces — Recuperative and regenerative glass melting furnaces  13 Years 7.31% 20.6%
2. Plant and Machinery except direct fire glass melting furnaces — Moulds [NESD]  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
3. Float Glass Melting Furnaces [NESD]  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
(c) Plant and Machinery used in mines and quarries—Portable underground machinery and earth moving machinery used in open cast mining [NESD]  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
(d) Plant and Machinery used in Telecommunications [NESD]
1. Towers  18 Years 5.28% 15.3%
2. Telecom transceivers, switching centres, transmission and other network equipment  13 Years 7.31% 20.6%
3. Telecom—Ducts, Cables and optical fibre  18 Years 5.28% 15.3%
4. Satellites  18 Years 5.28% 15.3%
(e) Plant and Machinery used in exploration, production and refining oil and gas [NESD]
1. Refineries  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
2. Oil and gas assets (including wells), processing plant and facilities  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
3. Petrochemical Plant  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
4. Storage tanks and related equipment  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
5. Pipelines  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
6. Drilling Rig  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
7. Field operations (above ground) Portable boilers, drilling tools, well-head tanks, etc.  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
8. Loggers  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
(f) Plant and Machinery used in generation, transmission and distribution of power [NESD]
1. Thermal/ Gas/ Combined Cycle Power Generation Plant  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
2. Hydro Power Generation Plant  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
3. Nuclear Power Generation Plant  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
4. Transmission lines, cables and other network assets  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
5. Wind Power Generation Plant  22 Years 4.32% 12.7%
6. Electric Distribution Plant  35 Years 2.71% 8.2%
7. Gas Storage and Distribution Plant  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
8. Water Distribution Plant including pipelines  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
(g) Plant and Machinery used in manufacture of steel
1. Sinter Plant  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
2. Blast Furnace  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
3. Coke ovens  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
4. Rolling mill in steel plant  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
5. Basic oxygen Furnace Converter  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
(h) Plant and Machinery used in manufacture of non-ferrous metals
1. Metal pot line [NESD]  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
2. Bauxite crushing and grinding section [NESD]  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
3. Digester Section [NESD]  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
4. Turbine [NESD]  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
5. Equipments for Calcination [NESD]  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
6. Copper Smelter [NESD]  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
7. Roll Grinder  40 Years 2.38% 7.2%
8. Soaking Pit  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
9. Annealing Furnace  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
10. Rolling Mills  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
11. Equipments for Scalping, Slitting , etc. [NESD]  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
12. Surface Miner, Ripper Dozer, etc., used in mines  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
13. Copper refining plant [NESD]  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
(i) Plant and Machinery used in medical and surgical operations [NESD]
1. Electrical Machinery, X-ray and electrotherapeutic apparatus and accessories thereto, medical, diagnostic equipments, namely, Cat-scan, Ultrasound Machines, ECG Monitors, etc.  13 Years 7.31% 20.6%
2. Other Equipments  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
(j) Plant and Machinery used in manufacture of pharmaceuticals and chemicals [NESD]
1. Reactors  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
2. Distillation Columns  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
3. Drying equipments/Centrifuges and Decanters  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
4. Vessel/storage tanks  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
(k) Plant and Machinery used in civil construction
1. Concreting, Crushing, Piling Equipments and Road Making Equipments  12 Years 7.92% 22.1%
2. Heavy Lift Equipments—
Cranes with capacity of more than 100 tons  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
Cranes with capacity of less than 100 tons  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
3. Transmission line, Tunneling Equipments [NESD]  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
4. Earth-moving equipments  9 Years 10.56% 28.3%
5. Others including Material Handling /Pipeline/Welding Equipments [NESD]  12 Years 7.92% 22.1%
(l) Plant and Machinery used in salt works [NESD]  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
V. Furniture and fittings [NESD]
(i) General furniture and fittings  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
(ii) Furniture and fittings used in hotels, restaurants and boarding houses, schools, colleges and other educational institutions, libraries; welfare centres; meeting halls, cinema houses; theatres and circuses; and furniture and fittings let out on hire for use on the occasion of marriages and similar functions.  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
VI. Motor Vehicles [NESD]
1. Motor cycles, scooters and other mopeds  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
2. Motor buses, motor lorries, motor cars and motor taxies used in a business of running them on hire  6 Years 15.83% 39.3%
3. Motor buses, motor lorries and motor cars other than those used in a business of running them on hire  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
4. Motor tractors, harvesting combines and heavy vehicles  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
5. Electrically operated vehicles including battery powered or fuel cell powered vehicles  8 Years 11.88% 31.2%
VII. Ships [NESD]
1. Ocean-going ships
(i) Bulk Carriers and liner vessels  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
(ii) Crude tankers, product carriers and easy chemical carriers with or without conventional tank coatings.  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
(iii) Chemicals and Acid Carriers:
(a) With Stainless steel tanks  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
(b) With other tanks  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
(iv) Liquified gas carriers  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
(v) Conventional large passenger vessels which are used for cruise purpose also  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
(vi) Coastal service ships of all categories  30 Years 3.17% 9.5%
(vii) Offshore supply and support vessels  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
(viii) Catamarans and other high speed passenger for ships or boats  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
(ix) Drill ships  25 Years 3.80% 11.3%
(x) Hovercrafts  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
(xi) Fishing vessels with wooden hull  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
(xii) Dredgers, tugs, barges, survey launches and other similar ships used mainly for dredging purposes  14 Years 6.79% 19.3%
2. Vessels ordinarily operating on inland waters—
(i) Speed boats  13 Years 7.31% 20.6%
(ii) Other vessels  28 Years 3.39% 10.1%
VIII. Aircrafts or Helicopters [NESD]  20 Years 4.75% 13.9%
IX. Railways sidings, locomotives, rolling stocks, tramways and railways used by concerns, excluding railway concerns [NESD]  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
X. Ropeway structures [NESD]  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%
XI. Office equipment [NESD]  5 Years 19.00% 45.1%
XII. Computers and data processing units [NESD]
(i) Servers and networks  6 Years 15.83% 39.3%
(ii) End user devices, such as, desktops, laptops, etc.  3 Years 31.67% 63.2%
XIII. Laboratory equipment [NESD]
(i) General laboratory equipment  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
(ii) Laboratory equipments used in educational institutions  5 Years 19.00% 45.1%
XIV. Electrical Installations and Equipment [NESD]  10 Years 9.50% 25.9%
XV. Hydraulic works, pipelines and sluices [NESD]  15 Years 6.33% 18.1%

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