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“Big” Tax Benefits of Renting Versus Purchasing Heavy Equipment

April 11th, 2014

By: Candice

Tax Benefits of Renting Versus Purchasing Heavy Equipment

It is that time of year again – pay the taxman! At, we want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck when considering the pros and cons of renting versus purchasing heavy equipment for your business.

Now, more than ever, there are major benefits to renting heavy equipment – whether you are a large or small business. When you purchase heavy equipment, it is considered a capital expense. In 2013, you could write off up to $500,000 of new or used equipment purchases or half of any new equipment purchases.  No mas!  It’s back to the old $25,000 write off of new or used equipment purchases and no more expensing half of new equipment purchases.  In a nutshell, unlike purchasing a home, the equipment will not build any equity. Also, ownership comes with additional responsibility: you will need to deal with storage, maintenance, transporting, and repair costs of the equipment.

A “Big” benefit of renting heavy equipment – such as forklifts, scissor lifts, and boom lifts – is that you can just return the equipment back at any time and are able to deduct 100% of the rental costs as a business expense.

While there are quite a few important tax advantages of heavy equipment renting, always consult with your tax advisor to ensure you get a detailed evaluation of your business and tax situation.

If you need more simple reasons on why renting is better than owning, check out this cost savings article:

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