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The idea here being to "expense in year purchased", i.e. "sales use taxes", as much as possible, and depreciate that "which must be depreciated", i.e. "true capital cost" of the materials/goods only.

Are you trying to say that you can deduct the sales tax on a capital item, while depreciating the rest? If so, that's not correct. The depreciable basis includes all costs necessary to place the property into service, and includes shipping, installation, and sales taxes.

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