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FAQ: Section 179 Tax Deduction
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The Section 179 tax deduction gets its name from Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code. This section of the Tax Code states that businesses may deduct up to the full purchase price of qualified business equipment from their taxes within the same tax year. Equipment can range from heavy machinery like backhoes to computers and certain software programs for your business.
One of the great things about the Section 179 deduction is there are more options than you might realize for the type of equipment you can claim. Additionally, the equipment can be either new or pre-owned, giving you a broader range of choices. Things like heavy machinery, office equipment, computers and office furniture are usually able to be deducted. Vehicles may also be deducted, with some limitations and deduction caps. See the IRS guidelines for a comprehensive list of qualifying equipment.
Used vehicles can qualify for the Section 179 deduction, with some restrictions. Passenger vehicles that could also be used for personal use have limited deductions. The deduction for cars is capped at $11,160. The cap for trucks and vans, such as a pickup truck under 6,000 lbs GVWR, is $11,560. Additionally, the vehicle has to be registered in the name of the business. Use the IRS guidelines on qualified property to learn more about vehicle restrictions.
In order to use the Section 179 deduction for 2019, you will need to have the purchased or leased the qualifying equipment this year for your business. This means you have until December 31, 2019 to purchase or lease the equipment if you seek to deduct it from 2019 taxes.
It’s a good idea to calculate potential tax savings in advance. Using a Section 179 deduction calculator like the one on this page, can help you get a better idea of your potential savings. Regardless, you’ll want to discuss with a tax professional to determine if taking the Section 179 deduction is the right choice for your tax situation.
The Section 179 deduction is an opportunity to take in the year you place your equipment in service. If your business is going to be purchasing or leasing expensive or a bigger-ticket piece of equipment, it may make sense to use the deduction. This is because you can deduct the full amount of your equipment without paying the full price up front.
After determining if a Section 179 deduction is right for you, you can work with your tax advisor to determine your deduction amount. The actual process of claiming the deduction is simple. Using IRS form 4562, you’ll simply select the dollar amount of equipment under Section 179. You’ll include the form in your tax return when you file.
Although Bonus Depreciation used to only cover new equipment, the law has changed to allow for used equipment to qualify in 2019. The limit for Bonus Depreciation changes from year to year, but for 2019 it is 100%. Bonus Depreciation is used in addition to the Section 179 deduction for businesses that purchase or lease equipment valued over the Section 179 cap. Generally, the Section 179 deduction is taken first and then the Bonus Depreciation is applied.
Section 179 Resources
Taxes and deductions can be confusing, so we want to make information about the Section 179 Tax Deduction as simple as possible. Here are some resources to help you better understand how the Section 179 Tax Deduction benefits your equipment financing.
If you’re on the fence about whether your business can afford a new piece of equipment, the IRS just might be your savior (did you ever imagine yourself thinking that?). Under the Section 179 tax deduction, business owners get a large, upfront tax break when they buy new assets. What qualifies for Section 179 depreciation and is it the right move for your small business?
Here’s what you need to know.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed things for business owners large and small, resulting in new tax cuts and modifying some standard deductions that business owners have been used to claiming for years — like the Section 179 tax deduction. The good news is that you can still use this deduction, but it’s important to read the fine print to make sure you’re using it right. Let’s break it down.
The Section 179 deduction can be one of the juiciest tax breaks for small businesses. When it's time to file taxes, you'll need to follow IRS Form 4562 instructions to claim your deduction. The form is broken up into six parts and can be technical, but don't let this scare you away from claiming your deserved tax break. We're here to walk you through the most important sections.
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