Annual Tax Updates

Section 179 Limits - Depreciating Assets

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 Bonus Depreciation

de-pre-ci-a tion //noun

1. A system of accounting which aims to distribute the cost or other basic value of tangible capital assets, less salvage (if any), over the estimated useful life of the unit

For more information on these rules please visit “How to Depreciate Property”, or contact us.

Tax Cuts & Job Acts

A taxpayer may elect to expense the cost of any Section 179 property and deduct it in the year the property is place is service. The previous deduction of $500,000 was increased to $1 million in 2018. It also increased the phaseout threshold from $2 million to $2.5 million. For taxable years beginning after 2018, these amounts of $1 million and $2.5 million will be adjusted for inflation.

The new law increases bonus depreciation percentage from 50 percent to 100 percent for qualified property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017, and before January 1, 2023.  Property eligible for 100 percent bonus depreciation was expanded to include used qualified property in service after September 27, 2017, if all of the following factors apply:

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Qualified improvement property, which means any improvement to a building's interior.  However, improvements do not qualify if they are attributable to:

•the enlargement of the building

•any elevator or escalator or

•the internal structural framework of the building.

Roofs, HVAC, fire protection systems, alarm systems and security systems


The new law also expands the definition of Section 179 property to allow the taxpayers to elect to include the following improvements made to nonresidential real property after the date when the property was first place in service:



The taxpayer or its predecessor didn't use the property at any time before acquiring it.

The taxpayer didn't acquire the property from a related party.

The taxpayer didn't acquire the property from a component member of a controlled group of corporations.

The taxpayer's basis of the used property is not figured in whole or in part by reference to the adjusted basis of the property in the hands of the seller or transferor.

The taxpayer's basis of the used property is not figured under the provision for deciding basis of property acquired from a decedent.

Also, the cost of the property eligible for bonus depreciation doesn't include the basis property determined by reference to the basis of other property held at any time by the taxpayer (for example, in a like-kind exchange or involuntary conversion).