Every business owner knows they need the right equipment in order to succeed and remain competitive. This can mean installing the perfect oven in your restaurant, or acquiring the latest hydraulic drill for your manufacturing floor. By relying on the latest innovations to help streamline or automate tasks, both business owners and their employees can focus on other aspects of the organization, such as the development of new products and enhancing customer experience.
With the new tax laws in effect, when should one consider leasing as an option for securing that important equipment for your business?
Types of Leases
Leasing has become an attractive option for business owners looking to optimize current cash flows while still providing their business with the equipment it needs to flourish. All leases provide 100 percent financing for your equipment acquisition. Let’s take a step back and look at two of today’s most popular types of leases:
So how do you decide what lease option is best for your business? Start by looking at the unique needs of your business. How long do you plan to utilize the equipment? Will it become obsolete near the end of the lease term due to the pace of technical innovation or regular wear and tear? Operating leases are great for equipment with a clear, and often brief, lifecycle, while capital leases are ideal for equipment you plan to utilize long-term and therefore benefit from certain tax advantages. Take a hard look at your cost-to-value calculations and bring in outside financial advice before you settle on that new piece of equipment.
Updates to the 2018 tax law have introduced a number of new considerations when determining what lease option is best for your business. With operating leases, the depreciation benefits go to the lessor. However, capital leases empower business owners with ownership of the equipment, enabling them to keep the depreciation benefits as the lessee. The new tax laws magnify the importance of owning the depreciation rights to your equipment, enabling businesses to expense 100 percent of the equipment costs for the first year with no limit on the dollar amount. This is a change from the previous tax laws, where businesses could depreciate up to about 70 percent of costs up to $2 million. The updated tax laws make a capital lease an attractive option, depending on each business’s specific tax situation.
With so many options and tax implications, it’s important to discuss your options with someone you trust and who understands your business needs. Rockland Trust offers capital and operating lease products with up to 100 percent direct financing to commercial customers. Learn more about our leasing options or read about a business owner’s experience with leasing.
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