Congressman Bobby Bright recently introduced legislation that would extend small business tax deductions for capital expenses. The Small Business Expansion and Job Creation Act of 2010 is similar to H.R. 361, which was introduced by Congressman Bright at the beginning of 2009 and the second bill offered by a freshman Member of Congress. Specifically, H.R. 4655 will again allow businesses to deduct a greater amount of certain capital expenses in 2010 and also provides an additional bonus depreciation in the first year those expenses occur. Last year, H.R. 361 was included and signed into law through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. President Obama cited the need to extend these tax breaks in his recent State of the Union address.
"Our small businesses are suffering in this economic climate and they need all the help they can get," Congressman Bright said. "This is a common sense bill that will extend tax breaks that small businesses received in 2008 and 2009. These tax cuts are critical for helping our job creators, and my bill will continue to give small businesses added incentive to expand and create jobs even as our economy struggles to recover. I am urging my colleagues and the administration to extend this provision as part of any additional economic recovery measure."
Specifically, the Small Business Expansion and Job Creation Act amends Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) of 1986. Under current law, Section 179 allows businesses to deduct up to $125,000 for certain capital expenses in a given year. Section 179 was amended over the last two years to allow for deductions of up to $250,000 for capital expenses that occurred in those years. H.R. 4655 will set the 2010 rates and the same levels as 2008 and 2009. Additionally, the Small Business Expansion and Job Creation Act would extend a one-time 50% bonus depreciation rate for total yearly purchases that exceed $250,000. Without action, these taxes will revert back to the 2007 levels.
"Small businesses are the backbone of America and they will be the engine that jump starts the economy," Bright said. "This tax break is has been proven successful and must be extended in 2010."