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Take Advantage Of The Tax Code!

Use The Section 179 Deduction & Save On Your Industrial Generator Purchases 

Business owners should know there are legal tax deductions available to your operation that can drastically reduce your business taxes which thereby reduces the total cost of an industrial generator investment. It’s called Section 179 and it can save you a lot of money on the purchase of reliable, standby power.
What is Section 179?

Section 179 allows businesses to deduct the full cost of capital assets (such as an industrial generator for backup power) immediately instead of depreciating the asset over its useful life. This means capital savings now, not later. 

First, ensure the asset is eligible. To qualify for a Section 179 deduction, the asset must be “new to you” (used, new or surplus industrial generator) and must be:

  1. Tangible - physical industrial generators are tangible. Intangible assets like patents, trademarks, or copyrights do not apply.
  2. Purchased - a leased asset does not qualify.
  3. Asset used by more than 50% in your business - a used industrial generator investment is for business, not personal use.
  4. Asset not required from a related party - your industrial generator is not meant to be used by family members but rather, your business.
  5. Property cannot be obtained from related parties or inherited.
In the past, the common practice was to have a piece of equipment depreciate over its useful life. This complicates accounting while leaving money on the table. Section 179 eliminates any need to wait for the reimbursement while enabling the business to take advantage of a full purchase price refund on your corporate tax rate in the current tax year.

By making the industrial generator investment toward the end of the calendar year, Section 179 allows you to minimize the time between purchase and tax credit savings. So Q4 is an ideal time to buy and generator.

Here’s A Hypothetical Example:

A manufacturing business identifies the need for backup power and decides to purchase a used Cummins 350 kW generator. Assuming a corporate tax rate of 35% and room within the $1,160,000 Section 179 allocation ($2,890,000 for total equipment purchased), they could bring their real purchase price down from $54k to $35k – a savings of almost $19k! This would allow the business to procure the equipment at a much cheaper price than originally anticipated. 

While the business would have to pay the full $54k at purchase, they’d get the $19k as part of their income tax calculation. The business could minimize the time between purchase and tax credit by making end of year capital purchases here in Q4.  

Visit Section to enter your price and see your possible deduction. 
Line Item Amount
Purchase of used 350 kW generator  
Corporate tax bracket  
Section 179 deduction (up to $1M)  
First year total deduction  
Cash savings (at corporate tax rate)  
Real equipment cost (after tax savings)  

Contact Generator Source to learn more about the Section 179 deduction or any questions you have on your industrial generator purchase! Call (877) 866-6895 or email today. 


Brian La Rue | 10/24/2023 10:13:30 AM | 0 comments
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