Tax Deduction to Be Used by 73% of Small Businesses for Equipment Leases



According to Balboa Capital’s Section 179 Tax Deduction Survey, seven out of 10 small business owners plan to use Section 179 to deduct the cost of eligible business equipment that was purchased or leased in 2017.

Additionally, the survey revealed six out of 10 small business owners are planning to invest in new or upgraded equipment in 2018. The survey was sent to a sample of small business owners in a variety of industries nationwide in December 2017.

“We see that a significant amount of small business owners are planning to take advantage of the Section 179 tax deduction as the year comes to an end,” said Carla Freberg, vendor services manager at Balboa Capital. “They are evaluating their unused budgets and moving forward with equipment purchases to meet the Section 179 deadline on December 31. Balboa Capital can definitely help small business owners meet the cutoff date with our simple application process, easy approval requirements and ability to provide same-day funding of up to $250,000.”

Other key findings of the survey:

  • 58% of SBOs are familiar with Section 179, a 9% decrease from January 2017
  • 73% of SBOs plan to use Section 179 to deduct the cost of business equipment that was purchased or financed in 2017
  • 79% of SBOs are familiar with the Section 179 first-year bonus depreciation provision
  • 67% of SBOs plan to use the first-year bonus depreciation provision for equipment that was purchased or financed in 2017
  • Business vehicles topped the list of equipment that SBOs purchased in 2017, followed by machinery equipment, business computers, office equipment, heavy equipment, printing equipment, office furniture and off-the-shelf software
  • Four in 10 SBOs said they would have bought or financed more equipment in 2017 if they knew the Section 179 tax deduction limit was $500,000
  • 60% of SBOs plan to invest in new or upgraded equipment in early 2018
  • When asked how they will gain a better understanding of Section 179, 63% of SBOs said they will talk to an accountant or tax specialist and 27% will conduct research online.

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