New Regulations Affect Repairs & Supplies

Rule impacts over 4 million taxpayers

 In September 2013, the IRS released new rules governing repairs, supplies and buying assets. The regulations became effective January 1, 2014, and all taxpayers must comply.

The IRS provided benefits for small businesses in the new rules. Some of the biggest highlights are:

  • Items costing $200 or less are considered supplies and are typically immediately deductible.
  • There are several safe harbors available where the IRS will assume what you spent on repairs will not have to be capitalized on the books and generally won’t challenge you.
  • Taxpayers will be allowed to deduct the remaining basis when performing improvements. If you pay for a new roof, you can write off the basis of the old roof.

The IRS expects this law to impact over 4 million taxpayers. There are forms that must be filed and certain policies and elections that need to be made before this year is over. If you’re interested in these opportunities, please contact me to set-up an appointment and discuss these new laws.