Daily Tax Update - November 20, 2012: IRS to Issue Regs on Deduction and Capitalization of Tangible Assets

IRS TO ISSUE REGS ON DEDUCTION AND CAPITALIZATION OF TANGIBLE ASSETS: Today, the IRS issued Notice 2012-73.  This notice alerts taxpayers that the IRS and the Treasury Department expect to issue final regulations regarding the deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property in 2013, and that the Service and the Treasury Department anticipate that the final regulations will contain changes from the temporary regulations (T.D. 9564, 76 Fed. Reg. 81060-01 [2012-14 I.R.B. 614]).

The Service and the Treasury Department anticipate that the final regulations will apply to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and will permit taxpayers to apply the final regulations to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012. This Notice also advises taxpayers that shortly after publication of this Notice the Service and the Treasury Department will publish in the Federal Register a Treasury Decision amending the temporary regulations to apply to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, while permitting taxpayers to apply the temporary regulations for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, and before the applicability date of the final regulations.

The notice can be accessed here.

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