San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: Guidance for Applying New, Proposed Bonus Depreciations Regs

Filed in CCH NEWS FEED by on December 24, 2020

The IRS has provided guidance to taxpayers that want to apply either Reg. §1.168(k)-2 and Reg. §1.1502-68, or want to rely on proposed regulations under NPRM REG-106808-19, for:

  • certain depreciable property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017, by the taxpayer during its tax years ending on or after September 28, 2017, and before the taxpayer’s first tax year that begins on or after January 1, 2021;
  • certain plants planted or grafted after September 27, 2017, by the taxpayer during its tax years ending on or after September 28, 2017, and before the taxpayer’s first tax year that begins on or after January 1, 2021; and
  • components acquired or self-constructed after September 27, 2017, of certain larger self-constructed property and placed in service by the taxpayer during its tax years ending on or after September 28, 2017, and before the taxpayer’s first tax year that begins on or after January 1, 2021.

Rev. Proc. 2020-25, 2020-19 I.R.B. 785, and Rev. Proc. 2019-43, 2019-48 I.R.B. 1107, are modified.

Change in Accounting Method
The guidance applies to taxpayers who are changing their method of accounting for depreciable property that includes:

  • components described in Reg. §1.168(k)-2(c) or NPRM REG-106808-19 where the component election has already been made; and
  • specified plants for which the Code Sec. 168(k)(5) election has been made and that are planted, or grafted to a plant that was previously planted, after September 27, 2017, during the taxpayer’s 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 tax year.

This guidance does not apply to property or a plant:

  • that is impacted by a late election, or withdrawn election under Code Sec. 163(j)(7) after November 16, 2020, pursuant to Rev. Proc. 2020-22;
  • for which the taxpayer is changing from deducting the cost or other basis of such property as an expense to capitalizing and depreciating the cost or other basis, or vice versa; or
  • that the taxpayer does not own at the beginning of the year of change, with some exceptions.

In addition, this guidance cannot be used to make a late election, or revoke an election, under Code Sec. 168, Code Sec. 179, or Reg. §1.1502-68.

Taxpayers have a choice of applying the 2020 final regulations under T.D. 9916, the previous final regulations under T.D. 9874, or both the final regulations under NPRM REG-106808-19. However, once a taxpayer applies Reg. §1.168(k)-2 and Reg. §1.1502-68, the taxpayer must apply Reg. §1.168(k)-2 and Reg. §1.1502-68 to all subsequent tax years.

Automatic Extensions of Time
Applicable taxpayers may make a late Code Sec. 168(k)(5) election, a late Code Sec. 168(k)(7) election, a late Code Sec. 168(k)(10) election, a late component election, a late designated transaction election, or a late proposed component election, by filing either:

  • an amended Form 1065 for the placed-in-service year of the property, or for the planting year of the specified plant, as applicable, on or before December 31, 2021; or
  • a Form 3115 with the taxpayer’s timely filed original Federal income tax return or Form 1065 for the taxpayer’s first or second tax year succeeding the tax year in which the taxpayer placed in service the property or the planting year of the specified plant, or, if later, the taxpayer’s timely filed original Federal income tax return or Form 1065 that is filed on or after November 6, 2020, and on or before December 31, 2021.

Effective Date
This guidance is effective on November 6, 2020.


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