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Treasury, IRS Announce Proposed Rule Raising Depreciation Deduction to 100%

August 15, 2018, 07:07 AM
Filed Under: Regulatory News

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced proposed regulations on increasing and expanding the first-year depreciation deduction for qualified property. This increased benefit will expand opportunities for small and midsize businesses to expense equipment purchases and make capital investments in their companies.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), passed into law in December 2017, increased the first-year depreciation deduction from 50 to 100 percent for qualified property acquired and placed in service after Sept. 27, 2017.

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is making it easier for businesses of all sizes to grow and create jobs for hardworking Americans,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said. “This expensing provision will be a key driver in creating greater business investment and growth.”

The TCJA expands the meaning of qualified property to include certain used depreciable property and certain film, television or live theatrical productions. The proposed change also extends the placed-in-service date by seven years from Jan. 1, 2021, to Jan. 1, 2027.

The deduction applies retroactively to qualified property acquired and placed in service after Sept. 27, 2017. The first-year allowance is 100 percent, and is then decreased by 20 percent annually for qualified property placed in service after Dec. 31, 2022. 

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