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To regard the cost of an improvement or other purchase as a capital asset for purposes of determining Income Tax liability. To calculate the net worth upon which an investment is based. To issue company stocks or bonds to finance an investment.

The owner of a business may capitalize the expense of renovating a factory to maximize his or her after-tax profits, since such expenses may be used to decrease the pretax profits, thereby reducing the amount of profits subject to taxation.

An individual may compute the net worth of shares of stock, in order to treat them as capital assets for income tax purposes. Such treatment often results in more favorable rates of taxation on the profits made when assets are sold because they are considered capital gains.


(Provide capital), verb advance, afford aid, afford support, aid, aid with a subsidy, back, back up, bring aid, contribute, extend credit, favor, finance, fund, furnish aid, furnish foundations, furnish support, give aid, give support, help, invest, lend, lend one's aid, lend support, loan, pecuniam mutuam dare, pension, promote, provide capital for, provide for, provide funds for, provide money for, set up, set up in business, sponsor, subsidize, supply aid, supply support, supply with a subsidy, support, venture capital
Associated concepts: capitalization of income, capitalization of net income, capitalization of stabalized income, capitallze earning


(Seize the chance), verb avail oneself of, benefit, convert to use, create an opening, employ, exploit, find one's advantage in, make an opening, make the most of, make use of, manipulate, profit, put in operation, put to advantage, put to service, reap the benefit of, render useeul, take advantage of, take the opportunity, turn to good account, turn to one's advantage, utilize, utilize for profit
See also: finance
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One outstanding issue for taxpayers is whether a buyer should deduct or capitalize amounts it later pays on a liability in excess of the original amount capitalized.
Before trial, the IRS had allowed a deduction for accumulated interest and loss on disposal of some acquisition assets and ITW agreed to capitalize its original $1 million damage estimate.
The Next Century of Flight is a global, multimedia initiative dedicated to helping the aerospace industry capitalize on the 100th anniversary of manned, powered flight in 2003 and position itself for generations to come.
With this investment, we are in an ideal position to capitalize on the growing number of companies that recognize the operational benefits and cost savings of the ASP model.
The company is well-positioned to continue to capitalize on the transition of business IT services from costly in-house solutions to the effective thin-client technology that ProTier offers.
By combining our core competencies with those of Cap Gemini, we believe that we are well positioned to capitalize on the confluence of economic, technological and competitive factors that are re-shaping our industry.
The unique nature of the Informix, BTG and Netscape relationship positions the partners to form a consistent and comprehensive strategy that not only capitalizes on the strengths of each organization but also builds customer confidence," stated Bob Dornan, senior vice president, Federal Sources, Inc.
When the defense adjusts its strength to trips side (leaving single coverage on our backside receiver), we will capitalize on this match-up and check to a quick choice route backside (Diag.