qualified leasehold improvement property

qualified leasehold improvement property (QLIP)

An IRS term meaning any improvement made or to be made by a tenant-taxpayer to the interior part of nonresidential real property more than 3 years old,in space occupied exclusively by the tenant.For QLIPs placed in service after August 27,2005, and before January 1, 2009, in the GO-Zone (hurricane damaged states and counties), 50 percent of the cost of the QLIP may be taken as a depreciation deduction in the first year,rather than the 1/39 deduction allowed under normal tax law.

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But perhaps most important to many property management businesses is the inclusion of qualified leasehold improvement property as part of the qualified property.
168(e)(3)(E)(iv), (v), and (ix) carve out three exceptions to this rule: qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property, and qualified retail improvement property.
Prior to the PATH Act, another category of bonus-eligible property had been "qualified leasehold improvement property" (emphasis added).
The bill passed Tuesday increases the maximum amount and phase-out threshold in 2015 and 2016 to the levels in effect in 2010 through 2014 ($500,000 and $2 million respectively), and also extends the definition of Section 179 property to include computer software and $250,000 of the cost of qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property, and qualified retail improvement property for two years.
* For certain qualifying assets (MACRS property of 20 years or less or qualified leasehold improvement property), an additional 50% first-year bonus depreciation is permitted.
Also, the Act reinstates for 2012 and extends through 2013 the ability to utilize expense method depreciation for up to $250,000 (as part of the overall limitation of $500,000) of qualified real property (qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property, and qualified retail improvement property).
Also, for the first time, the expensing provision applies to certain types of real property, including qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property and qualified retail improvement property.
Types of property that qualify for this special depreciation include tangible property with a recovery period of 20 years or less, computer software purchased by the business, water utility property, and qualified leasehold improvement property.
Generally, qualified property is (1) MACRS property with a recovery period of 20 years or less, (2) water utility property, (3) computer software subject to depreciation under [section] 167, or (4) qualified leasehold improvement property. Original use of the property must have begun with the taxpayer after September 10, 2001.
Qualified leasehold improvement property does not include any improvement for which the expenditure is attributable to the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, any structural component benefiting a common area or the internal structural framework of the building.
Qualified real property, for these purposes, means qualified leasehold improvement property as defined in Sec.
Once these guidelines are met, the improvements are then eligible to be treated as 15-year recovery qualified leasehold improvement property eligible for special depreciation, which includes 50% bonus depreciation for tax year 2016.

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