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Revaluation Method of Depreciation:

Definition and Explanation:

Under revaluation method of depreciation, the assets are revalued each year. The method is normally adapted to charge depreciation on numerous inexpensive fixed assets like small tools, live stock, patents, copy rights and other assets of such nature which are constantly changing and their period of life is most uncertain. Accordingly periodic inventory is taken of usable items and valued at cost irrespective of ruling prices. Excess of the opening over the closing inventory thus gives the periodic depreciation expenses.

To understand the depreciation charge under revaluation method consider the following example.


For example, if the value of tools at the beginning of the year was $8,000, during the year tools worth $6,000 were purchased more and when at the end revaluation was undertaken it amounted to $ 11,000. The amount of depreciation for the year shall be as under:

($8,000 + $6,000) - $11,000

=$14,000 - $11,000

= $3,000

Merits of Revaluation Method:

This method is very simple and the amount of loss can be ascertained very easily.


  1. As every year revaluation is desired it presents various problems.
  2. Amount of depreciation is always unequal.
  3. The valuation of asset is very time consuming.

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Sum of the years' digits method of depreciation
Reducing balance method
Annuity method
Depreciation fund method or sinking fund method
Insurance policy method
Revaluation method
Depletion method
Machine hour rate, mileage, and global method
Methods of recording depreciation
Difference between general reserve and specific reserve
Difference between capital reserve and general reserve
Difference between reserve and reserve fund
Difference between provision and reserve



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