What is the Section 179 Deduction for 2019?
Many tax write offs can be complex and confusing, but the Section 179 is far from this! The Section 179 started back in 2007 and has been renewed each year since, but there is no guarantee that this will continue in 2020, so you best make use of it while it is available!
The Section 179 IRS tax code essentially grants businesses the ability to deduct the FULL purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased/financed during the tax year. That means if you buy that wide format printer, wide format scanner, wide format laminator, or all three before the end of 2019, you can deduct the full purchase price from your gross income!
The best thing about this write off? The Section 179 is one of the few write offs available to small business owners and was specially targeted for small businesses to be able to get some much need tax relief. This doesn’t limit the Section 179 to small businesses only, in fact, many large businesses can still benefit from the write off.
With the Section 179 your business can write off the full amount of the purchase up to $1,000,000 – which allows for a lot of equipment.
What is Bonus Depreciation and Section 179
Bonus Depreciation is offered some years and others it isn’t and for 2019 the bonus depreciation is 100% of the cost of the equipment after the Section 179 is deducted. The most crucial difference is between Bonus Depreciation and Section 179 is that both new and used equipment qualify for Section 179 Deduction only if it is new to you, but previously Bonus Depreciation only qualified with new purchases. However, this year in 2019 the Bonus Depreciation now includes used equipment.
The biggest benefit to Bonus Depreciation is for large businesses spending more than the Section 179 spending cap on new equipment. The spending cap for the Section 179 is $2,500,000 with $1,000,000 being 100% deductable. The additional amount can then be deducted using the Bonus Deprecation.
Section 179 Deduction Requirements
The equipment that you purchase for your business must be used for business purposes more than 50% of the time in order to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. You can multiply the cost of the equipment by the percentage of business-use to arrive at the monetary amount for the 2019 Section 179 Deduction.