Imagine this – a husband and wife own a sales company and they purchase two passenger automobiles to be used in the course of business. The automobiles are available for personal use, but the husband and wife claim that they are primarily used to transport and entertain clients that are in town. While this fact pattern points to a valid business deduction for the automobiles, the IRS disagreed. This was part of a larger case that went to US Tax Court (Brent Mcminn and Lynette Mcminn v. Commissioner), which disallowed the deduction on the grounds that the automobiles were listed property and business use could not be substantiated.
There is a unique tax break for business entities of all shapes and sizes contained in Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under this section, a business can elect to “expense,” or currently deduct, the cost of qualified property placed in service during the year, up to a maximum level. It is near-instant tax gratification.