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The Tax Break That Small Businesses Need to Know About

Conference roomDid you know that you can get a tax deduction on equipment you purchase for your business? It’s a part of the tax code called Section 179. It’s been around for a while, but a $1.8 trillion spending bill passed by Congress at the end of 2015 permanently capped the tax break at $500,000.

Companies that spend $2 million in equipment — anything from machinery, computers, chairs and desks, printers, testing apparatuses, business vehicles and even tractors — can qualify for the Section 179 deduction.

The limit for Section 179 has been incrementally and temporarily raised over the past several years from its initial $25,000-a-year cap to $100,000 in 2003, and then $250,000 in 2008 in an effort to drive spending during the recession. It has been sitting at $500,000 since 2010, but it hadn’t been permanently expanded until recently.

For more on what small-business owners need to know about how the tax break applies to them, check out the infographic compiled by Balboa Capital below.

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