This incentive applies to the purchase of essential use equipment including machinery, computers, and other tangible goods, placed in service by December 31, 2013. The Section 179 limits for the year 2013 were increased by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which allows businesses to write-off up to $500,000 of qualified equipment. Bonus Depreciation was reinstated at 50% allowing larger businesses that exceed the $2,000,000 limit on capital purchases to write-off 50% of qualified equipment.
When the total yearly equipment acquisition for the company does not exceed the 2013 Section 179 limit of $500,000 the Example 1 (Below) shows how the accelerated depreciation affects the equipment cost after tax savings. The equipment cost residing below the Section 179 threshold allows 100% of the equipment cost to be deducted this year.
When the total yearly equipment acquisition exceeds the standard Section 179 limit of $500,000, but does not exceed the ceiling of $2,000,000, Example 2 (Below) shows how the bonus depreciation affects the equipment cost after tax savings. The equipment cost in excess of the $500,000 is allowed by law for qualifying equipment to be depreciated by 50% coupled with normal deprecation rules according to MACRS.
When the yearly equipment acquisition for the company exceeds the full benefit ceiling of $2,000,000, the Section 179 tax deduction reduces dollar for dollar thereafter. (Below) Section 179 deduction is reduced by $100,000 as the total equipment acquisition exceeds the $2,000,000 ceiling by the same amount.
To to take advantage of the incentives and the substantial tax savings, your business equipment must be put to use by year-end. Interested in learning more? We’ll provide you with a free consultation and extend financing solutions so you can acquire the business equipment you need.
Tax Code Section 179 & Election to Expense Detail
The election, which is made on Part 1 of IRS form 4562, is for the tax year the property was placed in service or an amended return filed within the time prescribed by law. The total cost of property that may be expensed for any tax year cannot exceed the total amount of taxable income during the tax year. Section 179 property is property that you acquire by purchase for use in the active conduct of your business. To ensure property qualifies, reference Publication 946. Contact your tax advisor for further detail or visit www.irs.gov for specific detail.