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accelerated cost recovery system n: a method of calculating depreciation introduced in the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 that results in faster recovery of costs for property put into service after 1980 by assigning it a shorter useful life than that previously allowed by the tax code
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.