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Section 179 - 2018 - Business Equipment

Business owners who acquire equipment for their business: machinery, computers, and other tangible goods, usually prefer to deduct the cost in a single tax year, rather than a little at a time over a number of years. This deduction is known by its section in the tax code, a Section 179 deduction.

Benefits of Non-Tax/Capital Lease

The benefit of a Non-Tax/Capital Lease is that it can take advantage of Section 179: expense up to $25,000 if the equipment is put in use in 2018. In addition, you may depreciate any excess on the depreciation schedule for that asset up to $200,000. Examples of Non-Tax/Capital Leases include a $1.00 Buyout Lease, an Equipment Finance Agreement (EFA), and a 10% Purchase Upon Termination (PUT) Lease. Example Calculation: Assume you finance $200,000 worth of business equipment, put it in use in 2018, and take advantage of Section 179. You will be able to quickly take advantage of the depreication of your equipment.

2018
Tax Saving Example - Section 179 Deduction
Cost of Equipment:

First Year Write Off:
Normal First Year Deduction:
20% in each of 5yrs on remaining amount
Total First Year Deduction:
$25,000 + $35,000
Tax Savings:

$60,000 * 39.6% (Assuming 2014 39.6% Tax Bracket)
Lowered Cost of Equipment after Tax Savings
$      200,000.00

$        25,000.00
$        35,000.00

$        60,000.00

$        23,760.00

$      176,240.00
  * The above figures are based on scheduled 2018 Section 179 Deduction law. This is dependent on whether Congress decided to renew the Tax Payer Relief Act.
Section 179 Tax Code & Election to Expense Detail

The election, which is made on 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.

This expense deduction is provided for taxpayers (other than estates, trusts or certain non-corporate lessors) who elect to treat the cost of qualifying property as an expense rather than a capital expenditure. Under Section 179, equipment purchases, up to the amount approved for a given year, can be expensed (deducted from taxable income) if installed by December 31st. Non-Tax leases qualify for this deduction in their year of inception. Any excess above the expensed amount can be depreciated depending on the equipment type. Not all states follow federal

Further Detail

Reminder: to take advantage of the 2018 tax incentives, your business equipment must be put in use by year-end. Each company should contact their tax advisor to learn about the specific impact to your business. Interested in learning more? We’ll provide you with a free consultation and extend finance solutions so you can acquire the business equipment you need. Contact us today.

Act Now!

If you want to take advantage of Section 179, you must finance the equipment before Dec 31, 2018.