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Maximizing Benefits through Section 179 Deductions

27 November, 2019

In the realm of business management, financial considerations are akin to managing personal weight—expenditures should ideally align with income to achieve favorable outcomes. Yet increased profits often entail higher tax liabilities. Fortunately, the current tax year offers a respite for business owners in the form of Section 179 deductions. It is essential to clarify that while this post serves as an overview of Section 179 deductions, we are not tax advisors, and we strongly recommend consulting your company’s CFO or accounting professionals for personalized advice.

Understanding Section 179 Deductions

Section 179 deductions, often referred to as “write-offs,” offer a distinct advantage compared to conventional deductions. Traditional deductions typically entail partial write-offs over several years. In contrast, Section 179 allows businesses to deduct the entire value of qualifying property purchased for business use against their yearly profits, thereby reducing the overall tax burden. Eligible property categories encompass:

  • Business Personal Property: Includes any business-related purchases not fixed to floors or walls, such as furniture, computers, software, and office supplies.
  • Machinery and Equipment: Encompasses larger, non-portable items essential for business operations, like printing presses or conveyor belts.
  • Business Vehicles: Refers to cars or trucks weighing over 6,000 lbs. used exclusively for business purposes.
  • Listed Property: Items used for business purposes, with deductions applicable in proportion to their business usage.
  • Capital Improvements: Covering expenses related to building improvements, such as air conditioning or security systems.

Impact on Small Businesses

Section 179 deductions hold considerable significance for small businesses, often forming a significant portion of their profits. Capital expenditures tend to comprise a larger proportion of small businesses’ total costs, making the ability to write off these expenses in a single year a crucial financial advantage. Moreover, such favorable terms enable small businesses to potentially invest in additional equipment or property, contributing to accelerated growth. Conversely, if additional purchases are not immediately required, the tax savings can be redirected towards other growth-oriented endeavors, like hiring more employees.

Recent changes have further amplified the benefits for small businesses. The limit on qualified capital purchases eligible for deductions has risen from $1 million to $2.5 million, which is generally sufficient for most small enterprises.

Incorporating Deductions into Your Budget

While some may view tax deductions as unexpected bonuses, it is prudent to include them as integral components of the budget. Deductions should be factored into income projections or utilized to justify increased expenditures. Every advantage counts, especially for businesses that are newer or growing and need more cash.

As the year approaches its end, businesses may find surplus funds available. Realizing the potential for additional Section 179 deductions could lead to a reassessment of financial planning, resulting in lower tax burdens and more substantial write-offs. Newer businesses’ budgeting is known to be challenging due to unpredictable income forecasts, making it essential to capitalize on a strong financial year by preparing for future investments.

Capitalizing on Section 179 deductions can yield considerable financial benefits, contributing to both immediate savings and future growth. For personalized advice and to determine which deductions are most advantageous for your business, we recommend consulting with your tax professional.

27 November, 2019