Tangible Property Regulations
Repair & Maintenance Study (263(a))
After years of controversy over what expenses related to tangible property are eligible for deduction and which must be capitalized, the IRS issued comprehensive Repair Regulations. These regulations went into effect in 2014.
The good news is an end to the gray areas that existed over which improvements and repairs to tangible property could be expensed and which had to be capitalized. The bad news? The regulations take up more than 200 pages covering:
For businesses that made investments to acquire, maintain, replace or repair tangible property that they own or lease, the regulations will require a new level of expertise in tax issues and knowledge of building components and their classification.
How the Client Benefits
The new regulations created a number of new tax elections for businesses and simplified others. Among the significant changes:
These are a few examples. There are significantly more regulations that may benefit taxpayers, including de minimis safe harbor rules for small business, redefinition of “betterment” and new regulations for determining invoice pricing. Taking the deductions you are allowed under the new regulations will, in many cases, require analysis by an expert in tangible property.
Who Is Eligible
Business owners in every industry are eligible if they acquired tangible property or conducted repairs, improvements or maintenance on tangible property they own or lease. Taxpayers who use their tangible property for a year before beginning improvements may benefit the most.
How We Can Help
The regulations governing repair vs. capitalization are numerous and complex. They also require an understanding of building components and repair protocols and processes. We can help clients determine their eligibility to expense activities they may have capitalized in the past and assist them in capturing overlooked deductions. Findings will be laid out in a customizable report.
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