In this article, you’ll learn:


· Basic information about the deduction


· How it can help your business and how to qualify for it

2023 Section 179 Tax Deduction for New Forklift Purchases

What is the Section 179 Tax Deduction?

Sometimes, you go to buy a new forklift for your business and conclude it may not be in the budget. You then spend hours searching for the best financial plan or skipping the purchase altogether. However, understanding the Section 179 Tax Deduction can help solve your problem. This tax code allows you to deduct the full price of qualified equipment and software. Section 179 was created to encourage business owners to invest in new equipment. It inspires businesses to make year-end purchases to expand or update their fleet.

Benefits for Small Businesses

The deduction allows you to make purchases when needed, like during a rise in consumer demand. For many businesses, you can write off the cost of the forklift on your 2023 tax return.  This helps you finance your lift trucks and then deduct the full amount, so you’re not scrambling to pay at the end of the year. It frees up costs for more important aspects of the business, like sales and marketing or other upgrades that your business needs.

Potential Limits

The answer depends on multiple factors. For example, the type of equipment you purchase and the size of your business will certainly be a factor. To estimate your savings, use the 2023 Section 179 Tax Deduction Calculator

You can also take advantage of available financing options. You can look into the Equipment Finance Agreement (EFA). The savings from this loan can surpass your cash outlay for the year. So, you can increase revenue and minimize outside expenses. To qualify for financing, your business must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be in operation for at least two years.
  • Have strong and favorable credit history.

What Purchases Qualify for Section 179 Deduction?

This deduction is good for new and used material handling equipment and certain technology. Check out this link for further qualifications. You must have purchased your forklift between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023.

When and How to Take the Deduction

Once you access your business deductions, fill out IRS form 4562 and attach it to your tax return. You can elect Section 179 Deduction when you file your tax return for the year. 

Bonus Depreciation Facts

Another aspect is bonus depreciation. Bonus depreciation is 80% in 2023. Bonus depreciation now includes used equipment. This change allows businesses to pay more than the spending cap on new capital equipment. Also, if you have any net loss, you’re still qualified to deduct some of the purchase expense

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