Tax Reform, Section 179, and Medical Equipment Purchases: Does a medical laser investment make sense for you?
Section 179 is not new to physicians, but the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes this permanent, and allows for a significant increase in medical equipment and other tangible property write-offs under Section 179, from $500,000, with phase-outs up to $2M, to $1M with phase-out threshold up to $2.5M, in 2018.
Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the full purchase price from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.
What’s that mean for your year-end planning? First, see your tax accountant to better understand your tax liability and whether it makes sense to pull forward any planned purchases.
Second, many equipment or software purchases will meet the qualifications for Section 125. Ask yourself:
- Am I spending money just to reduce tax burden?
- Will this open up new revenue streams for my practice?
- Is this a good fit for my patient demographic and needs?
- Will it improve my standard of care?
While physicians in many specialties, including orthopedics, look to 2019 and the increasing demands on their practice [link to white paper], MLS lasers present a viable alternative to prescription pain relief, and an additional revenue stream. In the face of rapidly changing state legislature in response to the opioid crisis, and an aging population, medical laser equipment is an area of need for many growing practices.
A well-considered fourth quarter investment in laser therapy could represent significant tax savings:
Scenario, at a 37% tax bracket:
- $30,000 equipment purchase or lease
- $11,100 tax savings
- $85,000 – 125,000 revenue potential/year
To be eligible for Section 179, new equipment such as an MLS laser must be purchased and in use by December 31st.
Contact us to discuss your needs and timeline.
If laser therapy is something you’ve been considering to improve your standard of care and open new revenue streams, timing is everything! A fourth quarter purchase could yield substantial savings. Cutting Edge Laser Technologies works with physicians to select and implement MLS laser therapy that fits your practice needs. Contact us to learn more.