Recent Tax Updates

Federal Tax Provisions Extended for One Year

Updated December 19, 2014


On December 16, 2014, Congress finished passing legislation that extended, for one year, virtually all of the provisions that had expired at the end of 2013. The bill HR 5771 was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014.

Here is a list of some of the provisions that are now applicable for Tax Year 2014 returns:

  • $250 Educator Expense Deduction – Form 1040, line 23
  • Tuition and Fees Deduction – Form 8917
  • Itemized Deduction for Sales Tax – Schedule A
  • 50% Bonus Depreciation
  • Exclusion of gain from income for foreclosed home mortgage debt (Form 982)
  • Section 179 Deduction:
    • Maximum Amount: $200,000
    • Maximum Cost: $2,000,000
    • Qualified Real property category which includes leasehold improvements, restaurant property and retail property with a maximum deduction of $250,000
  • Qualified Real Property
  • 15 year straight line depreciation allowed for qualified leasehold restaurant and retail improvements
  • Tax-free distributions from IRAs for charitable purposes
  • Nonbusiness energy property tax credit on Form 5695
  • Contributions of capital gain real property made for conservation purposes (50% limitation applies instead of 30% limitation)

For a complete listing of the individual and business provisions that were extended for 2014 only, as well as changes related to the Affordable Care Act and other reminders, see the Things to Know for the Current Tax Year page on the Crosslink Tax website.