Section 179 Tax Deduction for Dental Practices

The Section 179 Dental Tax Deduction is up to $1,080,000!

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A Section 179 tax deduction may allow dental practices to take a tax deduction for the cost of qualifying purchases, such as new equipment and technology, in the year it is purchased into service. Section 179 can result in a 2022 tax deduction for up to $1,080,000, help lower your taxable income, and increase cash flow.*

Especially now, as many dental practices are adapting to the current environment by implementing new standards of care, a Section 179 2022 tax deduction could be a win-win. Not only are you investing in your practice with the equipment, technology, and tools needed to become more efficient and provide better care, but you may be also eligible for a tax deduction with Section 179.* New equipment and technology are great examples of tax deductible expenses for dentists with Section 179.

To qualify for a Section 179 tax deduction on your 2023 taxes, you must purchase and place qualifying dental equipment and technology into service by 12/31/2023, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria under Section 179.*

What are the benefits of Section 179 for dental practices?

A few key takeaways for Section 179 are:

  • Section 179 allows a dental practice to take an immediate deduction for business expenses related to depreciable assets such as equipment, technology, vehicles, software, and more.
  • This allows a dental office to lower their current-year tax liability rather than classifying it as an asset and depreciating it over time in multiple future tax years, as a smaller tax deductions.
  • Section 179 has a maximum tax deduction of $1,080,000 and a value of property purchased to $2,700,000 for 2022.

How does Section 179 work?

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dental equipment or technology, before December 31st.

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up to $1,080,000 in equipment and technology costs (with a $2.6 million purchase limit).

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on your taxes when equipment is purchased & placed into service within the same year.

 Section 179* Summary:
  • Up to a $1,080,000 tax deduction
  • $2,700,000 equipment purchase limit
  • 100% first-year bonus depreciation
  • Available on purchases of equipment, technology, off-the-shelf software, roofs; heating, air conditioning, ventilation systems; fire protection, alarms and security systems, and office furniture. (Note: Any improvements must be purchased and placed into service after the original date the property was first placed in service.)

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  • Section 179 FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions many dentists and practice owners have regarding an IRS Section 179 tax deduction
    • What is Section 179?
    • Section 179 is a tax deduction for businesses, including dental practices, that receives its name from Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code. Section 179 allows dental practices to deduct up to the full purchase price of qualified equipment, technology, off-the-shelf software, and other qualifying purchases from their taxes within the same tax year, rather than requiring that the purchase be depreciated over time.
    • What purchases qualify for a Section 179 deduction?
    • Qualifying purchases for dental practices include equipment, technology, software, computers, office furniture, roofs, heating/AC systems, air ventilation systems, and more. To qualify for a Section 179 deduction, these purchases must be used for business purposes 100% of the time. See the IRS guidelines for a comprehensive list of qualifying purchases.
    • What is the maximum Section 179 tax deduction for 2022?
    • The maximum tax deduction for 2022, is up to a $1,080,000 tax deduction.

    • What is the equipment purchase limit for a 2022 Section 179 deduction?
    • In 2022, the equipment purchase limit for small businesses, including dental practices, is $2,700,000.

    • Is a Section 179 tax deduction only available for new qualifying purchases?
    • One of the great things about the Section 179 tax deduction is there are more options than you might realize for the type of equipment and technology you can claim. Equipment or technology purchases can be either new or pre-owned, giving you a broader range of choices.
    • What types of agreements are eligible for a Section 179 tax deduction?
    • Eligible : Equipment financing agreements Equipment leases with a $1.00 purchase option (capital leases) Loan Agreements Not Eligible: Operating Leases – those with a purchase option (i.e.,10% Purchase Option Leases, Fair Market Value Leases) at the end of the agreement DO NOT qualify for a Section 179 deduction.
    • What is the difference between Section 179 and bonus depreciation?
    • Section 179 is the tax deduction businesses can take when they purchase and place qualifying purchases (such as new equipment or technology) into service in the same year. In 2022, the first-year bonus depreciation is 100%. Bonus depreciation is used in addition to the Section 179 deduction for businesses that purchase equipment valued over the Section 179 equipment purchase limit. The 2022 equipment purchase limit is $2,700,000.

    • What is the deadline for a 2022 Section 179 Tax Deduction?
    • In order to take advantage of a Section 179 tax deduction for 2022, you will need to have purchased the qualifying equipment or technology this year for your business. This means you have until December 31, 2022, to purchase and place the equipment or technology into service if you seek to deduct it from 2022 taxes.

    • How to claim a Section 179 tax deduction for my dental practice?
    • After determining if a Section 179 deduction is right for you, you should work with your tax advisor to determine your deduction amount. Using the proper forms from the IRS, you’ll simply select the dollar amount of equipment under Section 179. You’ll include the form in your tax return when you file. Please consult with a qualified professional tax advisor to determine your eligibility for a Section 179 tax deduction. Neither Henry Schein, Inc. nor Henry Schein Financial Services provides tax advice.
    • Should I take a Section 179 tax deduction for my practice?
    • It’s a good idea to calculate potential tax savings in advance. Use the Section 179 deduction calculator above, to help you get a better idea of your potential savings. Regardless, you’ll want to discuss with a tax professional to determine if taking the Section 179 deduction is the right choice for your practice and tax situation. You have the opportunity to take a Section 179 tax deduction in the same year you place your equipment in service. Neither Henry Schein, Inc. nor Henry Schein Financial Services provides tax advice.

    • Have a question that hasn’t been answered?
    • Contact Henry Schein Financial Services about Section 179 for your dental practice, including the benefits of acquiring equipment, technology, or other practice investments.

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* Neither Henry Schein, Inc. nor Henry Schein Financial Services provides tax advice. Please consult with a qualified professional tax advisor to determine your eligibility for a Section 179 tax deduction. Must purchase and place into service by December 31, 2023.

** Rates and programs are subject to change without notice. All transactions are subject to the satisfaction of underwriting guidelines, credit approval by third-party lenders, and documentation requirements, and not all applicants will qualify. Certain other restrictions and additional terms and conditions may apply.

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