Guidance Note on Accounting for Depreciation in Companies

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The council of the institute of Chartered Accountants of India has issued accounting standard (AS) 6 on ‘Depreciation Accounting’. This standard lays down general principles of accounting for depreciation applicable to all entities. As such, the Standard is applicable to companies also in matters where there are no specific requirements under the companies Act. AS 6 also provides that the statue governing an enterprise may provide the basis for computation of depreciation. In such a situation, the requirements of the statue have to be complied with. Thus, in case of companies, section 205 and 350 of the Companies Act, 1956, which govern provisions regarding charge of depreciation for the purpose of payment of dividends and computation of managerial remuneration, respectively, provide the basis for computation of depreciation, the Companies (Amendment) Act, 1988 has amended section 350, as a consequence to which rates of depreciation prescribed in Income-tax. Risk advisory services in India.

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