Business Tax Breaks in the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act

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Tax_relief-300x198The recently passed
2012 Taxpayer Relief Act prevents many of the business tax increases that were
scheduled to go into effect this year. 
The following is a list of the major items extended:

  • Retroactively
    extended for 2012 and 2013 the credit for research and development.
  • 50
    percent bonus first-year depreciation of new equipment with a useful life under
    20 years expired at the end of 2012.  The
    new law extends this until the end of 2013.
  • The
    50 percent bonus depreciation on leasehold improvements and qualified
    restaurant property is also extended through 2013.
  • Asset
    expensing under Section 179 is increased for 2012 from $139,000 to
    $500,000.  In 2013 the Section 179
    deduction is increased from $25,000 to $500,000.
  • The
    Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is extended for 2012 and 2013.  The credit reduces taxes up to $6,000 for
    employers who hire veterans and the long-term unemployed.

Congress also managed
to squeeze in special corporate breaks for certain favored industries.  These include special expensing breaks for TV
and movies, investment companies, railroads, rum production in Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands, and New York bonds. 
It's good to know that large political contributions still work for some

Tomorrow I will cover the
tax breaks for individuals.

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