Tax Court finds street lights qualify for 7-year depreciation
Abstract: The U.S. Tax Court recently ruled against the IRS in a dispute over the proper period of depreciation for street lights. The IRS had claimed that the lights were subject to a 20-year period, but the court held that they’re subject to a period of only seven years. This article shows that, as a result of this ruling, owners of property with a significant number of street lights could recover the costs of the lights much more quickly. But, as the IRS continues its initiative against faster property depreciation rates, this case underscores the importance of applying common sense and revisiting the plain language of the law when battling the IRS.