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Webinar (CA): Expense vs. Capitalize—Getting it Right for Taxes


Is an expenditure associated with tangible property deductible or must it be capitalized? Learn the rules for the treatment of amounts paid to acquire, produce, repair, or improve the tangible property and proper accounting for dispositions of property subject to depreciation. The capitalization regulations provide objective standards and bright-line rules intended to simplify compliance with the capitalization provisions contained in Section 263(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. This program highlights issues involving what must be capitalized, what can be treated as a repair, and items related to the depreciation of fixed assets. 

Learning Objectives

• Apply capitalization rules in general
• Identify exceptions for materials and supplies
• Account for costs associated with rotatable spare parts
• Apply “de minimis” rules for entities with and without an “applicable financial statement”
• Determine amounts considered “spent to acquire tangible property”
• Identify improvements to tangible property
• Unit of property definitions, including special rules applicable to real property
• Leased property rules for lessees and lessors
• Routine maintenance safe harbors
• Determine what is a “betterment” of property
• Recognize and capture costs of restoration of property
• Definition of adapting a property to a new or different use
• Determining property that qualifies for Section 179 expensing treatment
• Applying cost recovery rules

Major Topics

• General rules for expensing vs. capitalizing
• Capital expenditures
• Payments to acquire assets
• Depreciation and section 179 election
• Payments to improve property
• Provisions that override capitalization rules
• Repairs
• Accounting methods

California CPA Education Foundation
Course Level
CPE Field of Study
Who Should Attend

CPAs, accountants, and financial professionals who advise clients and/or prepare tax returns dealing with expenditures to repair, improve, or acquire tangible property. May also be suitable for public practice.



Advanced Preparation

General construction accounting and tax knowledge.

This webinar is produced by CalCPA. You will receive your login link/instructions and Certificate of Attendance directly from this third-party vendor. It is important that you review your COCPA confirmation for details on receiving your login instructions and COA from said vendor.

Event Information
Nov 5, 2021
9:00 am - 4:30 pm MST
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Webinar (CA): Expense vs. Capitalize—Getting it Right for Taxes

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