People are nuts about Section 179. And on the surface, you can absolutely see why: It's a way of deducting the cost of certain business expenses and equipment at full value. A lot of business expenses have to be depreciated, meaning that you can knock a fraction off on your taxes every year until the expense is fully deducted. That's great if you're looking to help relieve a tax burden for several years running, but if you're looking for a way to quickly lower your tax bill this year, a full deduction is really appealing.
Obviously, there are some rules for farmers looking to take Section 179 deductions. All the property has to be tangible or real property, and -- surprise surprise -- some of those rules are too complicated to cover here. But know you can deduct any machinery and equipment, some storage tanks and even fur-bearing livestock. (Yes, it's detailed.) You can deduct up to $25,000 using Section 179, as of 2014.
So, are you ready to harvest some more money come tax time? Read on for more tax-related information.
Author's Note: 10 Tax Tips for Farmers
While the current limit for the Section 179 deduction is $25,000, it was at a whopping $500,000 in 2013. Congress let the raised cap expire, but do be diligent about checking with the IRS to make sure there haven't been changes in the law: They can certainly apply a higher limit retroactively and create a much higher deduction again for the 2014 tax year.
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