# AMORLINC

The AMORLINC function in Excel is used to calculate the prorated depreciation for an asset for a specific accounting period using the linear depreciation method.

## Syntax

=AMORLINC(`Cost`

, `Date purchased`

, `First period`

, `Salvage`

, `Period`

, `Rate`

, `[Basis]`

)

`Cost` | The initial cost of the asset. |

`Date purchased` | The date when the asset was purchased. |

`First period` | The start date of the first period. |

`Salvage` | The value of the asset at the end of its useful life. |

`Period` | The accounting period for which you want to calculate the depreciation. |

`Rate` | The annual depreciation rate. |

`Basis` (Optional) | The day-count basis to use. Defaults to 0 if omitted. |

## About AMORLINC

When it comes to allocating the depreciation of an asset over specific accounting periods, the AMORLINC function within Excel emerges as a valuable tool. Employing the linear depreciation method, this function facilitates the calculation of prorated depreciation for an asset, ensuring accurate financial representation and adherence to accounting principles. It proves particularly beneficial for individuals and businesses seeking to manage and report asset depreciation in a systematic and coherent manner, contributing to precise financial analysis and decision-making processes. By incorporating specific details such as the asset's initial cost, purchase date, depreciation rate, salvage value, and the target accounting period, the AMORLINC function seamlessly generates the prorated depreciation amount, assisting in comprehensive asset management and financial planning endeavors.

## Examples

Assuming an asset was purchased for $10,000 with a salvage value of $1,000, and the annual depreciation rate is 20%. If you want to calculate the prorated depreciation for the first year, starting from the purchase date of January 1, 2022, the AMORLINC formula would be: =AMORLINC(10000, "01/01/2022", "01/01/2022", 1000, 1, 0.20)

Suppose a business acquires an asset for $25,000, with a salvage value of $5,000. The asset was purchased on April 15, 2021, and the annual depreciation rate is 15%. If the company needs to assess the prorated depreciation for the second year, commencing on April 15, 2022, the AMORLINC formula would be: =AMORLINC(25000, "04/15/2021", "04/15/2022", 5000, 2, 0.15)

## Notes

The AMORLINC function assumes that the dates are entered as valid Excel date values or references to cells containing valid date values. It also assumes a linear depreciation method in which the depreciation amount is constant for each period. Ensure to tailor the function parameters to fit the specific details of the asset and accounting period for accurate results.

## Questions

**What is the linear depreciation method utilized by the AMORLINC function?**

The linear depreciation method, employed by the AMORLINC function, evenly allocates the depreciation of an asset over its useful life, resulting in a constant depreciation amount for each accounting period. This approach ensures a systematic and predictable reduction in the asset's value over time.

**Can the AMORLINC function handle assets with different depreciation methods?**

No, the AMORLINC function is designed specifically for assets using the linear depreciation method. It calculates prorated depreciation based on a constant annual rate over the asset's useful life.

**Is the salvage value a crucial factor in the AMORLINC function's calculation?**

Yes, the salvage value of the asset plays a pivotal role in the AMORLINC function's calculation. It represents the estimated residual value of the asset at the end of its useful life and influences the amount of depreciation allocated to each accounting period.

**Can the AMORLINC function accommodate different day-count bases for the calculation?**

Yes, the AMORLINC function allows for the specification of a different day-count basis using the optional `Basis`

argument. This enables users to tailor the depreciation calculation to various day-count conventions, providing flexibility in the accounting treatment of asset depreciation.