There is one tax loophole on the books that is large enough to drive a truck through…literally. Due to a provision in the new 2010 Tax Relief Act, you can write off most or all the entire cost of a heavy-duty SUV placed in service this year—without the usual restrictions. But you should move fast if you are in the market for a new business vehicle. Congress may soon undo the unexpected windfall created by the new tax law.
The recently enacted Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 is a sweeping tax package that includes, among many other items, an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for two years, estate tax relief, a two-year patch of the alternative minimum tax (AMT), a two-percentage-point cut in employee-paid payroll taxes and in self-employment tax for 2011, new incentives to invest in machinery and equipment, and a host of retroactively resuscitated and extended tax breaks for individuals and businesses.
If you own a residential rental or commercial building, you may be eligible for substantial tax breaks for depreciating your property through a cost segregation analysis. For more information on how different types of buildings are depreciated and what items may qualify for accelerated depreciation methods, read this C.P.A. Insight.