Double Declining Balance Depreciation Template

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Double Declining Balance Depreciation Template

This double declining balance depreciation template will help you find depreciation expense using one of the most common depreciation methods.

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How to Calculate the Double Declining Balance

Let’s examine the steps that need to be taken to calculate this form of accelerated depreciation.


  1. Obtain the beginning book value of the asset (i.e. $1,200,000).
  2. Determine the useful life of the asset (i.e. 5 years).
  3. Determine the salvage value of the asset (i.e. $200,000).
  4. Deduct the salvage value from the from the beginning book value to determine the total depreciable amount for the life of the asset (i.e. $1,200,000 – $100,000 = $1,100,000).
  5. Calculate the annual depreciation rate (i.e. 100% / 5 years = 20%).
  6. Multiply the beginning period book value by the twice the regular annual rate (i.e. $1,200,000 x 40% = $480,000).
  7. Deduce the annual depreciation expense from the beginning period value to calculate the ending period value.
  8. Repeat the above steps until the salvage value is reached.

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