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September 2020

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Don’t Let Section 179 Recapture Hurt You

Okay, so you took the big Section 179 expensing deduction on your vehicle.


How do you keep it?


You might wonder: what do we mean by “keep it”?


In tax law, there’s no free lunch. The Section 179 deduction comes with “recapture strings” attached.


This article explains the recapture strings and how you can avoid them. You will learn what happens when you do any of the following:



Allow your business use to drop to 50 percent or less.


Trade or otherwise exchange your Section 179 property.


Sell your Section 179 property.


Give your Section 179 property to a relative or a non-relative.


Snake in the Grass


When you claim your Section 179 deduction, you make a deal with the government to keep your business use above 50 percent during the “designated” depreciation periods.1


If you don’t live up to your agreement, tax law throws out your Section 179 deductions. You then redo the deductions using depreciation without ... Log in to view full article.

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