Put Your best foot forward in 2021: Combine Section 179 with financing for significant savings

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Put Your best foot forward in 2021

US Tax deduction Section 179 could impact your business positively

If you’re a US company, you might already know about a U.S. tax deduction called Section 179. The good news is it's been approved for the 2020 tax year. This means you can deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment within the year it’s purchased, instead of writing off small amounts over many years. The deduction limit is $1 million if you purchase $2.5 million or less of trucks or equipment.

Furthermore, you can combine this with Ritchie Bros. Financial Services' offer of 90 days no payment*, meaning you can buy now, get the full taxable benefit in 2020, and delay paying anything until 2021.

Put Your best foot forward in 2021

What is the Section 179 deduction?

Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code lets a business deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment within the year it's purchased instead of writing off small amounts over many years. Here are some key points to know about Section 179. Equipment must:

  • Be within the specified dollar limits of Section 179. For 2020 the deduction limit is US$1 million if you purchase $2.5 million or less of trucks or equipment.
  • Be placed into service in the same year the deduction is being taken. For 2020, buyers must purchase the equipment AND start using it for their business by December 31, 2020.
  • Purchased and used for business more than 50% of the time. So, unless you plan on using your dozer for recreational use, you should be fine!

Combat COVID-19’s uncertainty with Section 179

Section 179 tax deductions are not affected by any COVID-19 financial assistance programs. For example, if you took out a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan this does not affect your ability to utilize a Section 179 deduction.

2021 will bring a lot of uncertainty. By financing now with Section 179, you can save potentially thousands of dollars**. That’s cash on hand that can be used to deal with any unforeseen uncertainties or expenses your business may face.

Combining PurchaseFlex Financing with Section 179 could save you thousands this year.

When it comes to financing and leasing, this is where Section 179 gets really powerful: the amount you save in taxes by deducting the full purchase price may end up being larger than the sum of loan or lease payments you make this year..

Right now, Ritchie Bros. Financial Services is offering PurchaseFlex Financing with no payments for 90 days* - meaning you could pay nothing in 2020, but could get the full tax deduction this year.

That’s a direct, positive impact on your business’s profitability for 2020. Before making your final purchases of 2020, talk with Ritchie Bros. Financial Services about your purchasing needs and let them know you’re interested in making a Section 179 deduction this year. You may be eligible for fast, no-obligation finance pre-approval and the details needed to review with your tax advisor**.

After that, all that’s left is for you to decide what to do with the money you saved.

*On approved credit.

**Ritchie Bros. is not a tax advisor. To learn specifically how your business may benefit from these tax law changes, please consult with your accountant or tax advisor. Nothing contained herein is meant to be, nor should it be considered, a guarantee as to price performance at any Ritchie Bros. unreserved auction.

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