Define: Written Down Value

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Definition: Written Down Value


Quick Summary of Written Down Value


The value of an asset for tax purposes after taking account of it’s reduction in value below the initial cost, as a result of it’s use in the trade.



What is the dictionary definition of Written Down Value?

Dictionary Definition


The Written-down value (WDV) is the value of an asset for tax purposes after taking account of it’s reduction in value below the initial cost, as a result of it’s use in the trade.

An asset acquired for a trade is eligible for capital allowances.

A writing down allowance of 25% is available in the 1st year of purchase, which is deducted from the initial cost to establish the written-down value.

In following year the written-down value is subject to the 25% writing-down allowance, which is deducted to arrive at the written-down value at the end of the 2nd year.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Written Down Value are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 5th May 2019.