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May 2013

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Test Your Tax IQ: Can You Depreciate Antiques Used in Business?



There are two things in life that Anne Teak is passionate about: her marriage counseling business and 18th-century Chippendale furniture.


When Anne attends an auction, she’s sorely tempted to bid $5,000 for that exquisite Chippendale piece and use it as her office desk. But just as she’s getting set to raise her hand, Anne’s practical side weighs in. “Don’t you do that,” it says. “We need an office desk that we can depreciate and expense for tax deductions.”


With a wince, Anne keeps her bidding hand pinned to her hip. The next day, she goes out and spends the $5,000 on a pedestrian desk from the local office furniture store.




Did Anne’s practical side give her good advice?



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