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Music depreciation recapture is the USA Internal Revenue Service IRS procedure for collecting income tax on a gain realized by a taxpayer when the taxpayer disposes of an asset that had previously provided an offset to ordinary income for the taxpayer through depreciation in other words because the IRS allows a taxpayer to deduct the depreciation of an asset from the taxpayers ordinary income the taxpayer has to report any gain from the disposal of the asset up to the recomputed basis as ordinary income not as a capital gain depreciation recapture most commonly applies when dealing with the sale of improved real estate such as rental property as the value of real estate generally increases over time while the improvements are subject to depreciation depreciation recapture in the USA is governed by sections twelve forty five and twelve fifty of the IRC any gain over the recomputed basis will be taxed as a capital gain in accordance with section 1231 of the Internal Revenue Code IRC this article is about the system used in the USA and Canada but other countries have similar procedures in the UK HMRC uses negative depreciation the starting point for determining when the depreciation recapture will occur is to determine the basis of the asset there are three different types of basis original adjusted and recomputed basis the original basis of an asset is usually the value of the taxpayers investment in the asset C IRC paragraph 1012 when the taxpayer purchases an asset the original basis is the purchase price or cost of the asset different factors including tax deductions for depreciation can lead to an adjusted or recon peuta basis for the asset see IRC paragraph 1016 and IRC paragraph 1245 a to a an adjusted basis under IRC 1016 is the original basis of a piece of property plus any increases for improvements to the property or any decreases for depreciation deductions allowed or allowable with respect to such property so if a taxpayer buy something for $100,000 and allowable deductions under IRC 167 for the next three years or $5,000 per year his adjusted basis is $85,000 recomputed basis under IRC 1245 a to basically means with respect to any property it's adjusted basis recomputed by adding all adjustments reflected on account of deductions allowed or allowable to the taxpayer for depreciation in the previous example the taxpayers recomputed basis would be $100,000 because you add to the adjusted basis the amounts the taxpayer depreciated if a taxpayer sells an asset for less than its basis then the taxpayer has taken a loss if the taxpayer sells the asset for more than its basis the taxpayer has experienced a game for example if a taxpayer purchased a which is for $1000 the original basis of the widget would be $1000 if the taxpayer sold the widget for $1500 the taxpayer would experience a capital gain of $500 when the taxpayer purchases the tax deductable asset for use over several years the taxpayer can deduct a percentage of the assets value from his or her yearly taxable income over the life of the asset C IRC paragraph 167 168 and the IRS tables of class lives and recovery periods the IRS publishes specific depreciation schedules for different classes of assets the schedules tell a taxpayer what percentage of an assets of you may be deducted each year and the number of years in which the deductions may be taken the values of these deductions are used to determine the assets recomputed basis at the time the taxpayer sells the asset see IRC paragraph 1245 a 2a for example if a taxpayer purchased a widget with a $1000 basis then deducted $100 from his ordinary income each year for the widgets depreciation after 4 years though widgets adjusted basis would be $600 the accumulated depreciation on the widget during that time is $400 when the taxpayer sells an asset for a gain after taking deductions for depreciation depreciation recapture is used to tax the gain because the taxpayer received a deduction from ordinary income for the depreciation of the asset any gain the taxpayer receives up to the depreciation amount must be included as ordinary income to offset the earlier deduction any gain above that is a capital gain subject to capital gains tax rates usually more favorable for example the widget discussed above had an original basis of $1000 the taxpayer took $400 worth of depreciation deductions from his ordinary income over the course of four years at the end of those four years the taxpayer is adjusted basis in the asset had changed to $600 if the taxpayer then sells the asset for $700 then they would realize a gain of $100 because they received depreciation deductions they would be required to include the $100 gain as part of his ordinary income this is a depreciation recapture however if taxpayer instead Fell's the widget for $1,300 because their recomputed basis is $600 the result is a $700 gain of that amount $400 of the game equivalent to the total amount of depreciation taken during the time owned is taxed as ordinary income and the remaining $300 is taxed at the more favorable capital-gains tax-rate while this section is correct for section 1245 property in the US a it is not correct for section 1250 property for section 1250 assets real estate recaptured depreciation is defined as additional depreciation in IRS Publication 544 C column 3 on page 30 of the 2016 version of this application additional depreciation is the portion of accumulated depreciation in excess of straight-line it is taxed at ordinary income tax rates which have a maximum rate of 39.6% to the extent of any game realized the portion of accumulated depreciation which corresponds to straight-line depreciation is called an recaptured section 1252 sometimes informally called an recaptured depreciation and it is passed at a maximum rate of 25% also to the extent of any gain realized