Changes to 15-year and bonus depreciation rules and Sec. 179 expensing may deliver tax savings to business clients.
Tax accounting (methods and periods)
The IRS extended for one year its waiver of the eligibility rule that generally prevents taxpayers from using the automatic accounting method change procedures to change the treatment of the same item more than once within a five-year period.
A taxpayer could lose the benefits of a partial-disposition election if it fails to perform the required compliance.
Recent changes have given taxpayers three attractive options for taking deductions in the year property is placed in service, rather than having to depreciate the property over many years.
Courts and the IRS differ over a key qualification for the domestic production activities deduction.
December’s appropriations act created a “qualified improvement property” category for bonus depreciation.
The IRS issued guidance providing the depreciation limits for automobiles for 2016 and revised limits for 2015 reflecting the retroactive increase in the amount of bonus depreciation permitted under recent legislation.
The IRS alerted the public that a new Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, has been issued with a revision date of December 2015, the first revision since 2009.
Despite a delay in required implementation of the new standard, organizations need to get to work now analyzing its effects and evaluating tax methods.
The IRS announced that is raising the current de minimis limit for deducting expenses for purchases of items of tangible property from $500 to $2,500 for taxpayers without applicable financial statements.
An initial change in inventory method is allowed despite a failed automatic consent attempt, but a change back to the original method is disallowed.
Applying the two together may provide a larger overall deduction.
Qualifying accrual-basis taxpayers will be allowed to treat economic performance of certain service contracts as occurring on a ratable basis under a safe harbor introduced by the IRS.
The IRS has posted a draft revised version of Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, on its website.
The IRS updated its recently amended procedures for requesting approval for accounting method changes.
The IRS asked for comments on how taxpayers’ accounting methods should be affected by the new financial accounting revenue recognition standards that have been issued by FASB and the IASB.
This article discusses the details of some of the accounting method changes businesses may need to make to comply with the tangible property regulations, popularly known as the “repair regulations.”
Small business taxpayers will be allowed to make certain accounting method changes under the tangible property (or “repair”) regulations without filing Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, the IRS announced.
The new rules apply to automatic and nonautomatic accounting method changes and include a list of automatic changes that do not require IRS consent.
Taxpayers who are adopting the rules for sales-based royalties and vendor allowances under Sec. 263A and Sec. 471 provided in T.D. 9652 were given new procedures for obtaining automatic consent to accounting method changes to conform to those rules (which apply to tax years ending on or after Jan. 13,