Business Savings: Acquiring & Placing Assets in Service by Year-End

Under Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, companies can “expense” the full cost of qualifying fixed assets to reduce their taxable income. This means they can deduct the purchase amount currently rather than having to depreciate the asset over many years. Both new and used fixed assets can qualify. The election is available for qualified property placed in service anytime during the tax year.

If you’d like to reduce your 2023 tax liability and are on a calendar tax year, consider acquiring and placing in service qualified assets by Dec. 31, 2023.

For 2023, the maximum overall deduction allowed is $1.16 million (increasing to $1.22 million for 2024). The total asset purchase limit for 2023 is $2.89 million (increasing to $3.05 million for 2024), after which the deduction for the year is reduced dollar-for-dollar until it’s eliminated. You may be able to claim bonus depreciation (80% for 2023, falling to 60% for 2024) on eligible amounts in excess of your Sec. 179 expensing limit.