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Looking For A Tax Break? Section 179 May Be The Answer

No one likes paying taxes, right? Section 179, a piece of legislation aimed at assisting small to medium-sized businesses, is a great way to limit tax liability this year. Today’s short post will explain how Section 179 works for screen printers and how a screen printing shop can take advantage of this helpful deduction!

Related: Screen printing press, Exposure unit, Washout booth, Conveyor dryer, Flash dryer


It's a tax code that allows businesses to deduct the full price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. Essentially, Section 179 lets you deduct the full price of the purchased equipment from your gross income.

In the past, businesses that bought qualified equipment could write off a little through depreciation. lays out a simple example: say your business spent $50k on a machine. You would write off about $10k each year over five years. With Section 179, you can write off the entire purchase price for the year that you bought it in. The tax code allows you to reduce your taxable income and create tax savings.

Why in the world did the US government set up this tax code? They created it to incentivize business owners to invest in themselves. That's it. It's pretty rad.

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Section 179 has six categories that highlight what qualifies for the deduction — tangible personal property, other tangible property, storage facilities, single-purpose agricultural or horticultural structure, off-the-shelf computer software, and qualified real property. What does that mean for you? If you purchased a new press, exposure unit, washout booth, conveyor dryer, flash dryer, etc, you can write it off! 

Plus, the tax code specifies that the equipment needs to be new to you. Whether you bought a new press off of or bought it used off of Craigslist, it's new to you and therefore, can be deducted. 

Some things cannot be deducted like if someone gave you a flash dryer as a gift, you could not deduct it. Other rules apply, please head to CIT to learn more information.

So, how does this tax code play out? Say you bought a Riley Hopkins 250 4x1 Press this year, costing $1,170. Assuming you're in the 35% tax bracket, you'll save $409.50. 

Say you went big this year and purchased the Entrepreneur Screen Printing Package at the price of $7,995. Assuming that same tax bracket, you'd save $2,798.25. It's wild. If you have purchased and installed new equipment this year, input your expenses into this calculator to calculate the total cost of savings. 

Before you get too excited, let's go over some of the stipulations of the tax code.

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First off, there is a deduction limit. For 2020, the limit is $1,020,000 (it can vary year-to-year, so always double check when filing). That amount phases out dollar for dollar when $2,590,000 of assets are placed in service. 

Businesses that spend more than $3,630,000 in 2020 will not qualify for Section 179.

Equipment must be invoiced and placed into use in the 2020 calendar year. Do not wait until December 31st to pull the trigger. It'll be too late.

Equipment must be paid for upfront, with a finance agreement or capital lease. All of our finance options qualify for this tax deduction. Whether you used Sezzle (make four payments in six weeks with 0% interest) to buy a Riley Hopkins press or you used CIT to finance a manual printing shop package, you're covered. 


The bottom line — think ahead and use Section 179 to benefit your screen printing shop. Get pre-qualified for a finance option now or talk to us about your equipment expansion needs. For any tax related questions, please speak with your tax advisor for specific details on how this program can help your business.

*This blog post is for informational purposes only. You should not use this as a substitute for your own judgment, and you should consult professional advisors before making any tax, legal, financial planning or investment decisions.

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