Use this Excel tool before you make your next IT expenditure

Planning for the expensing of a significant piece of information technology equipment over several years can play a major role in your purchase decision. This Excel tool can help.

It has become a tradition that TechRepublic update its IT Depreciation Calculator in the weeks leading up to the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. (Actually, it is April 18, 2011, this year.) Whether you're a small, one-person shop or a large international enterprise, there will likely come a point in time where you will have to deal with the concept of depreciation and this Excel worksheet can help you plan for your next major asset expenditure.

The TechRepublic Depreciation Calculator is available for free as part of a TechRepublic Pro membership.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.