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2011 Auto Depreciation Deduction Limitations – (and a classic video from The Cars)

By Stacie Clifford Kitts, CPA

Well, I’m a bit late in the posting of this Revenue Procedure released March 1 by the Internal Revenue Service.  But in my defense, we are a tiny bit busy this time of year.

Revenue Procedure 2011-21 provides the depreciation deduction limitations for owners of passenger automobiles (including trucks and vans) first placed in service during calendar year 2011 and the amount to be included in income by lessees of passenger automobiles first leased during calendar year 2011.  These depreciation deduction limitations and income inclusion amounts are updated annually pursuant to section 280F to reflect the automobile price inflation adjustments.  Rev. Proc. 2011-21 also modifies Rev. Proc. 2010-18, to increase the depreciation limitations and lessee inclusion amounts for passenger automobiles first placed in service or leased in 2010 by taxpayers claiming the section 168(k) additional first year depreciation deduction pursuant to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

Revenue Procedure 2011-21 will appear in IRB 2011-12 dated March 21, 2010.

Here is a recap of the depreciation schedules included in the Revenue Procedure.

Depreciation table for passenger automobiles (that are not trucks or vans) placed in service in calendar year 2011 for which the Sec 168(k) additional first year depreciation deduction applies:

1st tax year                           $11,060

2nd tax year                         $4,900

3rd tax year                         $2,950

Each succeeding year      $1,775

Depreciation table for trucks and vans placed in service in calendar year 2011 for which the Sec 168(k) additional first year depreciation applies:

1s tax year                           $11,260

2nd tax year                       $5,200

3rd tax year                        $3,150

Each succeeding year     $1,875

Depreciation table for passenger automobiles (that are not trucks or vans) placed in service in calendar year 2011 for which the Sec 168(k) additional first year depreciation deduction does not apply:

1s tax year                           $3,060

2nd tax year                       $4,900

3rd tax year                        $2,950

Each succeeding year     $1,775

Depreciation table for trucks and vans placed in service in calendar year 2011 for which the Sec 168(k) additional first year depreciation does not apply:

1s tax year                           $3,260

2nd tax year                       $5,200

3rd tax year                        $3,150

Each succeeding year     $1,875

Guidance – 2010 Section 179 Expense Rev. Proc. 2010-24

By Stacie Clifford Kitts, CPA

Golly, I am so busy that I haven’t  been paying attention to the latest announcements.

I am trying to catch up beginning with this one. Revenue Procedure 2010-24 – update on direct expensing of certain depreciable assets.  For those of you who are not CPA’s, accountants, or tax preparers in general,  direct expensing means that you can take an immediate deduction for tax purposes the cost of certain assets that you would otherwise need to capitalize and depreciate over a number of years.  This is important information in the planning process when you are considering  cash flow and income tax requirements.

For 2010,

.. the HIRE Act changes the $125,000 amount and the $500,000 amount to $250,000 and $800,000, respectively, for taxable years beginning in 2010.

Section 201 of the Act also provides that these amounts will not be adjusted for inflation for taxable years beginning in 2010.

A complete copy of the Revenue Procedure is provided below.

Rev. Proc. 2010-24

SECTION 1. PURPOSE

This revenue procedure modifies the inflation adjusted amounts in Rev. Proc. 2009-50, 2009-45 I.R.B. 617, that apply to taxpayers who elect to expense certain

depreciable assets under § 179 of the Internal Revenue Code. This modification reflects statutory changes enacted subsequent to the publication of Rev. Proc. 2009-50.

SECTION 2. BACKGROUND

Prior to the enactment of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, Pub. L. No.111-147, 124 Stat. 71 (2010) (the HIRE Act), § 179(b)(1) prescribed a

$125,000 limitation (the $125,000 amount) on the aggregate cost of § 179 property that could be treated as an expense for taxable years beginning after 2006 and before 2011.

For those same taxable years, § 179(b)(2) provided that the $125,000 amount is reduced by the amount by which the cost of § 179 property placed in service during the

taxable year exceeds $500,000 (the $500,000 amount). Both the $125,000 amount and the $500,000 amount were adjusted for inflation annually under § 179(b)(5). For

taxable years beginning in 2010, section 3.20 of Rev. Proc. 2009-50 provides that the $125,000 amount and the $500,000 amount, adjusted for inflation, are $134,000 and

$530,000, respectively.

Section 102 of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, Pub. L. No.110-185, 122 Stat. 613 (2008), changed the $125,000 amount and the $500,000 amount to $250,000 and

$800,000, respectively, for taxable years beginning in 2008 and 2009, and also provided that these amounts will not be adjusted for inflation.

Similarly, § 201 of the HIRE Act changes the $125,000 amount and the $500,000 amount to $250,000 and $800,000, respectively, for taxable years beginning in 2010.

Section 201 of the Act also provides that these amounts will not be adjusted for inflation for taxable years beginning in 2010.

SECTION 3. APPLICATION

To reflect the statutory changes made to § 179 by § 201 of the HIRE Act, section 3.20 of Rev. Proc. 2009-50 is modified to read as follows:

.20 Election to Expense Certain Depreciable Assets. For taxable years beginning in 2010, under § 179(b)(1) the aggregate cost of any § 179 property a

taxpayer may elect to treat as an expense cannot exceed $250,000. Under § 179(b)(2), the $250,000 limitation is reduced (but not below zero) by the amount by which the cost

of § 179 property placed in service during the 2010 taxable year exceeds $800,000.

SECTION 4. EFFECT ON OTHER DOCUMENTS

Section 3.20 of Rev. Proc. 2009-50 is modified and superseded.

SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE

This revenue procedure is effective for taxable years beginning in 2010.

SECTION 6. DRAFTING INFORMATION

The principal author of this revenue procedure is Patrick M. Clinton of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax & Accounting). For further information

regarding this revenue procedure contact Patrick M. Clinton on (202) 622-4930 (not a toll-free call).

IRS Patrol: 2010 Depreciation Limitations For Owners Of Passenger Automobiles

Revenue Procedure 2010-18 provides the depreciation deduction limitations for owners of passenger automobiles first placed in service, and amounts to be included in income by lessees of passenger automobiles first leased, during calendar year 2010.  This revenue procedure includes tables detailing these depreciation limitations and lessee inclusion amounts that reflect the automobile price inflation adjustments required by § 280F(d)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Revenue Procedure 2010-18 will be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2010-9 on March 1, 2010.

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