Depreciation rules change for 2012

If you’re planning to buy equipment or other business assets this year, you need to be aware of the changes in how much of the cost you can deduct in 2012.

Here are the new limits.

* Bonus depreciation. The enhanced deduction — up to 100% of qualified assets — expired at the end of 2011. The maximum bonus depreciation allowance for most qualified property placed in service in 2012 is 50% of the cost of the property.

Bonus depreciation is generally available for new assets that have a useful life of 20 years or less.

* Section 179. The expanded $500,000 Section 179 write-off that has been available for the past two years ended December 31, 2011. For 2012, you can elect to expense up to $139,000 of qualified assets you purchase during the year.

To receive the full benefit of the Section 179 deduction, the total cost of all qualifying assets purchased in 2012 must be $560,000 or less. Your deduction may also be limited by the amount of your business income.

Both new and used assets qualify for Section 179.

Congress may change these rules at any time. If you’re thinking of purchasing assets for your business this year, please give us a call for the latest depreciation developments.

About Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

Brenda McGivern started her own certified public accounting and management consulting firm in October 2001. The full service CPA firm provides tax and accounting solutions to meet the needs of today’s small business and individual. Brenda McGivern has become a trusted advisor and valuable resource her clients rely on for timely, accurate assistance when they need it.

Before starting the firm, she worked as an accountant for three years at a local firm and prior to that five years at a large international CPA firm in Boston. She has performed the following tax services: federal, state and local tax planning, international tax planning, estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital retention and IRS representation. She has also coordinated assurance engagements, such as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations from the planning phase through the reporting phase. She has prepared and reviewed regulatory filings for numerous regulatory agencies including the Security and Exchange Commission.

Prior to these positions she was selected from over 2,000 candidates into an eight-person intensive financial management program at an international technology company. The program consisted of graduate level classroom study and two six-month rotational assignments in financial operations.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. McGivern also holds a license in Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, and their sons Sean, Ryan and Conor and their dog, Davis.

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