In 2010, new laws were enacted that extend and enhance tax incentives to stimulate growth and employment through 2012. Changes to Section 179 deductions and bonus depreciation make it particularly favorable for most companies to acquire equipment and software needed today.

Sec. 179 Deduction Limit – $139,000 in 2012 on new or used equipment and software.

Sec. 179 Deduction Threshold – $560,000 is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 deduction available begins to be reduced.

Bonus Depreciation – 50% (usually taken after the $139k deduction limit is reached). This applies only to new equipment and can be taken when equipment purchases exceed $139,000.

By financing an equipment purchase, businesses may acquire and write off up to $139,000 worth of equipment without spending $139,000 during that first year. That is because the $139,000 purchase is being financed through monthly payments.

Be sure to consult a tax advisor to confirm how to use financing to best take advantage of this very generous incentive.

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Here are the highlights:

Example*: Equipment cost of $200,000

Section 179 Deduction in 2012                           $139,000

Maximum deduction = $139,000

50% Bonus Depreciation in 2012                        $30,500

For the remaining $61,000 of this

purchase, 50% can be depreciated

in the first year

 1st Year Depreciation                      $6,100

Typically 20% for 5 years

Total 1st Year Deduction                 $175,600

Sum of above deductions

Tax Savings                                       $61,460

Assuming a 35% tax rate

 Net Cost                                           $138,540

After 1st Year Tax Savings

* There are other rules associated with the tax laws in this example. Please consult your tax and accounting advisors.  The above example cannot be relied on as tax advice or that you are entitled to the deductions or depreciation.

  • author Daniel BardinPublished on September 7th, 2012

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