Repairs vs. capital improvements — IRS issues long-awaited rules on tax treatment
Abstract: The IRS has released temporary regulations on the tax treatment of expenditures related to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, vehicles, furniture and equipment. This article discusses those regs, which directly address how to determine whether an expenditure is to be considered a repair or a capital improvement. This, in turn, affects whether the cost is deductible or is treated as a capital expenditure. The regs also expand the definition of “dispositions” and of “materials and supplies.” A sidebar discusses an exception to capitalization rules for specific acquisitions.