IRS Section 179 Expires December 31st

What Is Section 179?

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses. Although large businesses benefit from Section 179, the original target of this legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses – and millions of small businesses are actually taking action and getting real benefits.

How Does Section 179 Work?

When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example). Now, while it’s true that this is better than no write off at all, most business owners would really prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they buy it. In fact, if a business could write off the entire amount, they might add more equipment this year instead of waiting over the next few years. That’s the whole purpose behind Section 179 – to motivate the American economy (and your business) to move in a positive direction. For most small businesses (adding total equipment, software, and vehicles totaling less than $25,000 in 2015), the entire cost can be written-off on the 2015 tax return.

Limits of Section 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($25,000 in 2015), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($200,000 in 2015). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $200,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

How Can I See How Much Money I Can Save My Customers?

Included on our custom Finance Calculator is a “Section 179 Tax Savings” feature to show you or your customers how much they could save with this benefit. Simply put an amount in the calculator, and hit the “Section 179 Tax Savings” button to see Potential Tax Savings. By default, a 35% tax bracket is assumed for calculation purposes. You may personalize the tax savings estimate by choosing the applicable Federal Tax Rate in the corresponding drop-down field.

Show A Discount Every Time Without Ever Reducing The Price!

This is a great way to show a discount on a product without ever having to reduce the purchase price. We suggest printing out a personalized Tax Savings Estimate along with every quote to show the total Bottom Line Equipment Cost After Tax Savings. For your convenience, our finance calculators automatically provides this estimate along with every quote. If you have any questions about how to provide this estimate along with a finance quote, please contact us for assistance.