This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the AMORLINC function (function: A prewritten formula that takes a value or values, performs an operation, and returns a value or values. Use functions to simplify and shorten formulas on a worksheet, especially those that perform lengthy or complex calculations.) in Microsoft Excel.
Description
Returns the depreciation for each accounting period. This function is provided for the French accounting system. If an asset is purchased in the middle of the accounting period, the prorated depreciation is taken into account.
Syntax
AMORLINC(cost, date_purchased, first_period, salvage, period, rate, [basis])
Important Dates should be entered by using the DATE function, or as results of other formulas or functions. For example, use DATE(2008,5,23) for the 23rd day of May, 2008. Problems can occur if dates are entered as text.
The AMORLINC function syntax has the following arguments (argument: A value that provides information to an action, an event, a method, a property, a function, or a procedure.):
 Cost Required. The cost of the asset.
 Date_purchased Required. The date of the purchase of the asset.
 First_period Required. The date of the end of the first period.
 Salvage Required. The salvage value at the end of the life of the asset.
 Period Required. The period.
 Rate Required. The rate of depreciation.
 Basis Optional. The year basis to be used.
Basis 
Date system 
0 or omitted 
360 days (NASD method) 
1 
Actual 
3 
365 days in a year 
4 
360 days in a year (European method) 
Remarks
Microsoft Excel stores dates as sequential serial numbers so they can be used in calculations. By default, January 1, 1900 is serial number 1, and January 1, 2008 is serial number 39448 because it is 39,448 days after January 1, 1900.
Example
The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.
How do I copy an example?
 Select the example in this article. If you are copying the example in Excel Online, copy and paste one cell at a time.
Important: Do not select the row or column headers.
Selecting an example from Help
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 Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
 In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V. If you are working in Excel Online, repeat copying and pasting for each cell in the example.
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After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.

A 
B 
Data 
Description 
2400 
Cost 
8/19/2008 
Date purchased 
12/31/2008 
End of the first period 
300 
Salvage value 
1 
Period 
15% 
Depreciation rate 
1 
Actual basis (see above) 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
=AMORLINC(A2,A3,A4,A5,A6,A7,A7) 
First period depreciation (360) 

Note In Excel Online, to view the result in its proper format, select the cell, and then on the Home tab, in the Number group, click the arrow next to Number Format, and click General.