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IRS Increases Tangible Property Expensing Threshold to $2,500

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Last fall the IRS announced the increase in the expensing limit with respect to the safe harbor limit contained in Regulation 1.263(a)-1(f) from $500 to $2,500 per substantiated invoice. The increase commences in 2016. The election basically allows taxpayers without an AFS (applicable financial statement) audited by a CPA, to expense items that would otherwise be required to be capitalized and depreciated. There is no change to the $5,000 limit where an AFS is available. Read more

Double Trouble! Employment Taxes & The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

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Lord, hou schulde God approve that you robbe Petur and gif is robbere to Poule in ye name of Crist?”

John Wycliffe, Selected English Works, c. 1380

In medieval England, the Christian Peter and Paul were two peas in a pod. They were both apostles and both martyred in Rome. They even shared the same feast day (June 29). So, the idea behind the phrase “robbing Peter to pay Paul” is that the victim and payee are similar in wisdom and stature (to borrow a phrase). The modern-day equivalent is taking a cash advance from one credit card to make the minimum payment on another one, assuming that they both have a similar interest rate. Read more

The Service Issues New Administrative Authority Governing TPR De Minimis Safe Harbor Limits for Small Businesses

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On November 24th of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (hereinafter the “Service”) streamlined the compliance for the Tangible Property Regulations (hereinafter “TPR”) for small businesses by increasing the safe harbor threshold for deducting certain capital items from $ 500 to $ 2,500 under IRS Notice 2015-82. The scope affects businesses that do not maintain an Applicable Financial Statement (hereinafter “AFS”) such as an audited financial statement. It applies to amounts spent to acquire, produce or improve tangible property that would normally qualify as a capital item.

The new $2,500 threshold applies to any such item that is substantiated by an invoice. As a result, small businesses will be able to immediately deduct expenditures that would otherwise need to be spread over a period of years through annual depreciation deductions. The new $2,500 threshold takes effect starting with tax year 2016. Read more

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