Section 179 Expensing and Special Offers

Section 179: A True Small Business Tax Break

The availability of the Section 179 tax incentive means businesses can deduct the full cost of qualifying purchased, leased, or financed products and services from their 2019 taxes, up to $1,000,000, with a “total equipment purchased for the year” threshold of $2,500,000.

The Section 179 tax incentive encourages businesses to invest in themselves and is squarely aimed at small to medium businesses that purchase anywhere from $5,000 to $2,500,000 worth of equipment. The full deduction can be claimed until that $2,500,000 number is reached. Once that happens, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar basis (when it disappears entirely once $3,500,000 worth of equipment is purchased.).

Material goods that generally qualify for the Section 179 Deduction

Please keep in mind that to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment listed below must be purchased and put into use between January 1 and December 31 of the tax year you are claiming.

  • Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use
  • Tangible personal property used in business
  • Business Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs (see Section 179 Vehicle Deductions)
  • Computers
  • Computer “Off-the-Shelf” Software
  • Office Furniture
  • Office Equipment
  • Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building (i.e., a printing press, large manufacturing tools and equipment)
  • Partial Business Use (equipment that is purchased for business use and personal use: generally, your deduction will be based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes)
  • Certain improvements to existing non-residential buildings: fire suppression, alarms and security systems, HVAC, and roofing

Please note – the above equipment qualifies whether new or used (but must be new to you), and also regardless of whether it was purchased outright, leased, or financed.

†Almost all types of business equipment and “off the shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 deduction. Consult your tax advisor to ensure any products you plan to purchase meet Section 179 expensing guidelines. All equipment must be financed/purchased and in some cases leased and must be received and put into service by midnight on 12/31/2019.

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Section 179 offers businesses located in specific special zones an increase in the overall deduction amounts. The additional deduction amounts vary, depending on which zone your company is currently operating in. If your company is operating in one of the following zones, you may qualify for the increased deduction limits:

  • New York Liberty Zone
  • Enterprise Zone and Renewal Community Businesses
  • Gulf Opportunity Zone (areas affected by recent Gulf Hurricanes)

Click below for more information regarding special Section 179 zones.

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