Tax Deductions for the Hearing Care Professional

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11/15/2021

As the end of the year approaches, so does an important deadline for practice owners—purchasing deadlines to qualify for Section 179.

Section 179 presents small and medium-sized business owners a unique opportunity to save thousands of dollars on their taxes in the upcoming year. If your hearing care business qualifies, you too can take advantage of the benefits of section 179.

If you're interested in saving money on your taxes this year, MedRx can show you how to get the most out of Section 179 with helpful resources and examples tailored to the hearing care professional.

What is Section 179?

Section 179 of the U.S. Code 26, or the Internal Revenue Code, refers to a part of the tax code that expresses the "Election to expense certain depreciable business assets." More simply put, Section 179 offers business owners an expense deduction for purchases of depreciable property.

In a hearing clinic, this depreciable property can include anything from waiting room furniture to new computers or testing and fitting equipment. How you choose to allocate your spending will depend on your practice's needs.

In prior years, you would have had to write off these expenses over multiple years. This process often cost more upfront and made it difficult for business owners to invest back in themselves.

Fortunately, recent revisions to Section 179 allow businesses to write off the entire cost of an item the same year it was purchased. This revision gives practice owners time to grow through buying and utilizing their purchases immediately rather than depreciating them over several years.

Purchasing new equipment is one of the most common ways practice owners take advantage of the law because most audiological equipment, and all MedRx equipment, meets the qualifications of the code. These specific limitations ensure that the tax break is only exercised by true small to medium-sized businesses.

Breaking Down Section 179

While businesses in many industries can apply Section 179 during tax season, the hearing care industry is unique in operation. Below, we break down an example of a clinic purchasing MedRx equipment using Section 179. For this example, we'll assume that the business is in a 35% tax bracket.

  

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If you'd like to calculate what your own practice's savings could be, you can also utilize the Tax Deduction Calculatorfound on Section179.org.

Limitations Under Section 179

While all MedRx equipment meets the requirements set forth by section 179, there are several requirements to keep in mind to ensure you get your entire deduction:

  • The 2021 deduction limit is $1,050,000
  • The spending cap for all purchases is $2,620,000
  • You must use the equipment for business purposes more than 50% of the time
  • The equipment must be purchased and put into use by midnight December 31st, 2021 (give your MedRx equipment at least 2 weeks to arrive!)

Some years, including in 2021, the government offers Bonus Depreciation. If you anticipate your business spending more than the spending cap, you can use Bonus Depreciation as an additional deduction. You can learn more about deduction limits, spending caps, and bonus depreciation on Section179.org.

Utilizing Section 179 Deductions with MedRx

MedRx's End of Year Savings offer you the chance to purchase almost any product at a discounted rate. Our annual specials save you hundreds to a thousand dollars with MedRx and even more on your taxes! Apply your MedRx equipment purchases to your expense deduction and get an even more significant discount when you write them off your taxes.

Every MedRx product meets the requirements for Section 179, including new software purchases like STUDIO, the Tinnometer, and Hearing BI. After your MedRx discount is applied, writing the equipment off with Section 179 ensures that you save an additionalpercentage off the purchase price!

To get the most out of Section 179 for your hearing care office, call MedRx to schedule a free online demonstration of any of our products today!

 

 

*Information in this blog post was accessed in October of 2021 and applies to the 2021 tax season. It may not be accurate for future tax seasons.

Sources:

https://www.section179.org/section_179_deduction/

IRS issues guidance on Section 179 expenses and Section 168(g) depreciation under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act | Internal Revenue Service

26 U.S. Code § 179 - Election to expense certain depreciable business assets | U.S. Code | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute (cornell.edu)

IRS issues guidance on Section 179 expenses and Section 168(g) depreciation under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act | Internal Revenue Service

rp-19-08.pdf (irs.gov)