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WAC 388-835-0525

How is the useful life of a depreciable asset determined?

(1) Except for buildings, a provider must not adopt useful lives shorter than the guideline lives contained in the Internal Revenue Service class life ADR system or published by the American Hospital Association. Thirty years is the shortest useful life a provider can adopt for buildings.
(2) Useful life is measured from the date of the most recent arm's length acquisition of the asset.
(3) Building improvements to owned or leased buildings must be depreciated over the remaining useful life of the building or fifteen years, whichever is greater, except for improvements to licensed boarding home facilities required by the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) of the 1984 Life Safety Code. Improvements to these licensed boarding home facilities must be depreciated for at least five years. A provider must receive DSHS approval before following this exception.
(4) Improvements to leased property that are, according to the lease agreement, the responsibility of the provider must be depreciated over the useful life of the improvement, except for improvements to licensed boarding home facilities required by the Fire safety Evaluation System (FSES) of the 1984 Life Safety Code. Improvements to these licensed boarding home facilities must be depreciated for at least five years. A provider must receive DSHS approval before following this exception.
(5) A provider may change the estimated useful life of an asset to a longer period if necessary.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71A.20.140. WSR 01-10-013, ยง 388-835-0525, filed 4/20/01, effective 5/21/01.]
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