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Are sidewalks and paving costs capitalized under U.S. GAAP?

Yes, but they are considered a land improvement and not part of the capitalized land cost. The reason that it is important to make this distinction is that land is not depreciated, but land improvements are depreciated over their useful life.

land improvements that can be depreciated.

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