Percentage Depletion

A taxable deduction that assigns a set percentage of depletion to the gross income derived from extracting fossil fuels, minerals or other nonrenewable resources from the earth. Percentage depletion is provided as an incentive for drillers and investors to develop domestic mineral and energy production.

Oil and gas investments at the wellhead have become one of the most tax-advantaged investments available in America today, because of the depletion allowance. Approximately 15% of all income from oil and gas is tax-free for small investors and producers. There is no dollar limit as to the total amount of depletion one can deduct from income from qualified nonrenewable resources.


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  • Cost Depletion — One of two accounting methods used to allocate the costs of extracting natural resources, such as timber, minerals and oil, and to take those costs as a tax deduction. Cost depletion looks at the total amount of the resource to be extracted, how… …   Investment dictionary

  • cost — Expense; price. The sum or equivalent expended, paid or charged for something. See also actual cost costs net cost rate costing cost bond …   Black's law dictionary

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