Goodbye expensing, hello depreciation – Final IRS “repair regs” to arrive this year
Abstract: In 2011, the IRS released its long-awaited “repair regulations” for businesses that acquire, produce or improve tangible property. These rules cover everything from overhauling plumbing and electrical systems to fixing ventilation systems, cracked foundations and leaky roofs. The regs are expected to be finalized this year. In the meantime, the temporary rules are optional until 2014, though subject to minor revision. This article looks at the rules as they stand, particularly in regard to expensing vs. depreciation. A sidebar discusses safe harbors.