Deadline nears for Section 179 tax deduction
Farmers and ranchers have until Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, to utilize a $500,000 depreciation allowance under the Section 179 tax deduction, according to a Nov. 23 Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture News -- Texas Ag Daily report.
For 2011, farmers and ranchers can expense new and used farm equipment purchases up to $500,000 if the equipment is purchased and utilized this year. In 2012, the Section 179 tax deduction depreciation limit will decrease to $125,000.
The Section 179 tax deduction also allows further depreciation on new farm equipment. As explained by Beef Magazine, “Say you’ve purchased or financed $650,000 in equipment, either new or used but new to you, this year. Under the Section 179 provision, you can deduct $500,000 in 2011. If any of that equipment was new, you can deduct the additional $150,000 under the bonus depreciation provision. Assuming a 35-percent tax rate, that gives you a $227,500 write-off on your 2011 taxes, and a $422,500 net cost in the equipment.”
For more information about the new and used farm equipment tax savings, visit www.section179.org.