Small Business Deduction
The centerpiece of the pro-small business tax changes is Section 199A, the Small Business Deduction. Approximately 75 percent of NFIB members are organized as pass-throughs (S corporations, LLCs, sole proprietorships, or partnerships), not as C corporations.
Pass-through business owners (S corporations, LLCs, sole proprietorships, or partnerships) – regardless of the type of business they own – can claim up to a 20% tax deduction on their share of the business’s income up to $164,900 in tax year 2021, or $329,800 for those filing jointly. For small business owners whose taxable income exceeds the threshold, the deduction is subject to formulaic limitations. You can still benefit from the deduction if your business is employee intensive, or you make capital expenditures.
More than 81% of small business owners believe the Small Business Deduction is important to the health of their business. However, without additional congressional action, this important small business provision is scheduled to expire after 2025 alongside other helpful tax benefits. Read more about the Small Business Deduction here.
Standard Tax Deduction
In 2018, the standard deduction nearly doubled to simplify filing taxes for Americans. For tax year 2021, the standard deduction is $12,550, or $25,100 if you’re filing jointly.
Small business owners were already able to immediately deduct some of the costs of equipment purchased for use in their business. The maximum deduction in tax year 2021 is $2,620,000. Unlike other tax relief, Section 179 is permanent.
Eligible assets that depreciate over time are now eligible for “bonus expensing” where instead of expensing a fraction of the price per year of use, you can expense the entire purchase at once. The maximum bonus expensing limit is $1,050,000. Bonus expensing phases out in 2024.
Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit
The TCJA provides eligible employers who offer paid family and medical leave to their employees a tax credit for tax years 2018 and 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) extends this helpful credit through 2025. Additional information from the IRS is available here, although at the time of this writing, the IRS webpage has yet to be updated to reflect the new CAA extension.