Retirement of depreciable assets . Retirement occurs when a depreciable asset is taken out of service and no salvage value is received for the asset. In addition to removing the asset's cost and accumulated depreciation from the books, the asset's net book value, if it has any, is written off as a loss. Suppose the $90,000 truck reaches the end of its useful life with a net book value of $10,000, but the truck is in such poor condition that a salvage yard simply agrees to haul it away for free. The entry to record the truck's retirement debits accumulated depreciation-vehicles for $80,000, debits loss on
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