With four months remaining in the year, a sound approach would be to review expiring business tax provisions and plan accordingly. Are there tax benefits today that you would like to take advantage of before the opportunity passes?
According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, List of Expiring Federal Tax Provision 2013-2023 (01.11.2013), there are 55 provisions that will expire, of which 24 would be categorized as business provisions. While many of these provisions have been extended previously; it is unlikely they will be extended again, based on the current tax policy environment.
Are there activities that you are considering implementing in 2014 that if you moved to 2013 would allow you to take advantage of tax benefits? Some of the more general provisions include –
15-year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements, qualified restaurant buildings and improvements, and qualified retail improvements (secs. 168(e)(3)(E)(iv), (v),(ix), 168(e)(7)(A)(i) and (e)(8)) – In 2014, the straight-line recovery period will revert back to 39-years.
Increase in expensing to $500,000/$2,000,000 and expansion of definition of section 179 property (secs. 179(b)(1) and (2) and 179(f)) – In 2014, deduction and qualifying property limits will be $25,000 and $200,000, respectively. Additionally, off-the shelf computer software qualifies for Section 179 expensing in 2013, but not in 2014.
Tax credit for research and experimentation expenses (sec. 41(h)(1)(B))
To understand what expiring provisions will impact your specific situation, it is recommended that you consult with your tax advisor.
To review the full listing of expring provisions, please see – https://www.jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=4499© Copyright 2013 Regis Quirin, All rights Reserved. Written For: CFO Tips - What you need to know, to be a CFO TODAY!