The Section 179 Tax Deduction is Now $1,000,000
With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed in late December 2017, the Section 179 deduction limit was increased to $1 million. The limit on equipment purchases was also increased from $2 million to $2.5 million.
In addition to the limit change, you can now deduct not only equipment, technology, and off-the-shelf software, but also many improvements to the non-residential property including roofs; heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation systems; and fire protection, alarm and security systems. (Note: The improvements must be purchased and placed into service after the date the property was first placed in service).
In addition, the first year bonus depreciation has increased from 50% to 100% on qualifying long-term assets placed into service after September 27, 2017. This bonus depreciation is applicable to both new and used property. The bonus depreciation amount is scheduled to remain in effect until January 1, 2023.
This chart summarizes the major changes:
|Maximum Section 179 Deduction||
|First-Year Bonus Depreciation||
|Purchases that qualify for deduction||The addition, the following also qualify for the deduction: roofs; heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation systems; fire protection, alarm, and security systems.|
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