# Question: How Many Years Can A Building Be Depreciated?

Overview.

Commercial and residential building assets can be depreciated either over 39-year straight-line for commercial property, or 27.5-year straight line for residential property as dictated by the current U.S.

Tax Code.

## How many years can you depreciate a building improvements?

The IRS requires you to depreciate a building improvement over the same time frame that you depreciate your building. Commercial real estate buildings typically have a 39-year life, so it can take a while to recoup the cost of building improvements.

27.5 years

## Can a building be depreciated?

If the property is classified as “property, plant and equipment (PPE)” land is there not depreciated but the buildings are. Buildings are therefore depreciated, just as in the case of other PPE items. The depreciable amount is depreciated/allocated on a systematic basis over the useful life of the building.

## How do you calculate depreciation on a building?

Method 2 Using the Double-Declining Balance Depreciation

• Determine the expected lifespan of the asset.
• Divide 100% by the number of years in the asset life and then multiply by 2 to find the depreciation rate.
• Determine the asset’s purchase price.
• Multiply the current value of the asset by the depreciation rate.