For taxpayers in restaurant or retail businesses or with business leasehold improvements
, these PATH Act provisions may spell advantageous new ways to expense real property assets or accelerate their depreciation.
These improvements are not qualified leasehold improvements
depreciable over 15 years under Sec.
As we know from recent history, the IRS has changed lives for amortizing leasehold improvements
several times from 39 years for commercial property and 27.
In the interim, for this year, real estate owners (or their tenants, depending on the arrangement) may elect to take an immediate deduction for 50 percent of the costs associated with leasehold improvements
Many restatements have resulted from cases where companies amortized leasehold improvements
over extended terms that included available renewal options, whether exercise was reasonably assured or not.
The company said it amortized certain leasehold improvements
on one of its properties over a period that exceeded the lease term, causing a cumulative understatement of leasehold amortization expense of $410,000 as of Dec.
It can be especially costly and aggravating when a financing package is held up because the lender wants its loan secured by leasehold improvements
constructed by your company at numerous locations, and one improperly structured lease holds up the entire package.
The Leasehold Improvement
Depreciation Coalition, of which the Appraisal Institute is a member, sent a letter to the House in support of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2003, which the group says "combines an appropriate and much needed blend of international and domestic tax reform [and] will help the United States be the best place in the world to run a business and create good, high paying jobs.
On November 25, 1997, Tax Executives Institute filed comments with the Department of Finance proposing a legislative change in respect of the treatment of capital cost allowances (CCA) for leasehold improvements
(Class 13 assets).
Attached to this bill was the Small Business Job Protection Act, which included a much sought-after change in the depreciation rules for leasehold improvements
The FF&E is valued at $185,000 the leasehold improvements
at $75,000 +/- with current inventory of $15,000.