Depreciation

Elective capitalization as a TCJA planning tool

Taxpayers whose overall tax position in a given year would benefit from accelerating gross income or from converting current deductions into capital expenditures should consider the elective capitalization provisions of Sec. 266.

“Substantially Complete” Buildings Eligible for GO Zone Depreciation

In Stine, LLC, No. 2:13-cv-03224 (W.D. La. 1/27/15), a retailer's store buildings were considered "placed in service" for federal tax depreciation purposes when they were "substantially complete" rather than when they subsequently were "open for business" resulting in the taxpayer's being able to take an accelerated depreciation deduction for the buildings. This decision highlights the importance of properly identifying an asset's placed-in-service date.

Final Set of Repair Regs. Issued

The IRS issued final regulations providing rules for how to determine gain or loss when property subject to depreciation is disposed of, how to determine the asset disposed of, and how to account for partial dispositions of depreciated property.

Repair Regulations Are Finally Issued

The IRS issued long-awaited final and proposed regulations regarding the treatment of expenditures incurred in acquiring, producing, or improving tangible assets.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.