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Tenant spent $50000 in leasehold improvements for his nail salon in 2012. Should he take 179 deduction or Bonus depreciation?

joe7230
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He sold business in 2013 and received no compensation for improvements.  Can he take a loss on the undepreciated amounts?

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abctax55
Level 15

Are we in the twilight zone?  

Why ask about 2012 NOW ??

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abctax55
Level 15

Are we in the twilight zone?  

Why ask about 2012 NOW ??

(I wanna be a member of the pot stirring club too)

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IRonMaN
Level 15

If he sold the business in 2013 he would have a loss in that year equal to the remaining basis.  I assume you are now working on his 2013 return rather than a 2017 or 18 return?


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abctax55
Level 15

LHI's are generally MACRS 39 year property.  My memory about 2012 is hazy, but I don't *think* § 179 or bonus was available.

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TaxGuyBill
Level 15
I looked it up, and both were valid options for Leasehold Improvement Property.  I think they are usually 15 year property, but the TCJA sort of messed that up (until a correction is made).

With that being said, if this is a Schedule C (or F), I would think Bonus would be best because it will save SE tax in 2012, and the depreciation recaptured would not be subject to SE tax in 2013 (unlike Section 179 recapture).
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abctax55
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Seriously ?  It was available that long ago? Just one more reason I have doing prior year returns :-).  Sigh, the memory isn't what it used to be.
I agree, bonus is better to avoid the recapture issue.
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George4Tacks
Level 15
BUT can I amend 2012 if it was already filed?
What date was the LHI put into service?
FYI https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/p946--2012.pdf
Maybe @joe7230 can join in the conversation

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