The tangible property regulations (TPRs) are the most dramatic changes in tax law to affect businesses since the overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code in 1986. The TPRs apply to all forms of business, whether a "C" corporation, an "S" corporation, a partnership, an LLC, a sole proprietorship (Schedule C on individual return), or a rental (Schedule E on individual return).
The facts and circumstances of each business situation should be carefully evaluated to determine the proper treatment of all business expenditures for materials and supplies, repairs and maintenance, and asset purchases along with the impact on subsequent depreciation. Needless to say, these regulations are quite complex and require timely attention.
The final tangible property regulations took effect on January 1, 2014 but allow for early adoption back to 2012. Complying with the tangible property regulations demand detailed review of business expenses and could signal the need for accounting method changes.