Do “Repair Regulations” and Accounting Methods Changes Affect Your 2014 Tax Return?

Bill-Hughes-croppedBy Bill Hughes, CPA/PFS, CFP, shareholder

For several years the Internal Revenue Service has been working on “Repair Regulations” and in late summer 2013 they became final. The regulations apply to all taxpayers, including those with rental properties, providing guidance and definitions for materials and supplies, repairs and maintenance, and what needs to be capitalized and depreciated. The regulations require businesses to document their accounting policies dealing with these items, in conjunction with the regulations. Anderson ZurMuehlen advisors continue to meet with our clients to discuss the regulations and to assist them in updating or developing their depreciation policies.

The regulations become effective for the first tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Implementation of the regulations requires most, if not all, taxpayers to make one or more accounting method changes with their 2014 income tax returns. The accounting method changes, filed on Form 3115, notify the IRS of the taxpayer’s policies for the areas covered by the regulations or to change policies in order to be in compliance with the regulations. These accounting method changes are automatic and will be approved by the IRS upon filing.

Some of the accounting method changes are fairly straight forward. Others may require more time in order to calculate the accumulative prior year impact of changing to the new accounting method. This means there may be additional time needed to prepare this year’s tax returns to identify the accounting method changes needed for you, to discuss them with you, and to prepare the required forms.

Anderson ZurMuehlen has invested significant time to ensure we understand the new regulations and required accounting method changes, and in developing processes to implement the regulations on behalf of our clients as efficiently as possible. We look forward to visiting with you about the required accounting method changes between now and when your 2014 tax return is filed. If you have any questions about the regulations or the accounting method changes and their impact on you, don’t hesitate to contact your Anderson ZurMuehlen advisor.

Repair Regulations Update 2015 PDF version

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