Understanding Accounting Method Changes under the New Tangible Asset Regulations (Part 9)

Author: Don Warrant

In December of 2011, the IRS published comprehensive new regulations governing capitalization vs. deductible repair expenditures for tangible property. For many taxpayers this will mean making changes to accounting methods and systems, new tax compliance requirements, new tax planning opportunities, and on a positive note, the chance to expense items capitalized as improvements in prior tax years.

Taxpayers can implement method changes in 2012, 2013 or 2014 according to IRS Notice 2012-73.  Therefore, taxpayers should incorporate the method changes provided by the new regulations in their tax planning for 2012, 2013 and 2014.


  • capitalization vs repairIRS issues two new revenue procedures (Rev. Procs. 2012-19 and 2012-20)  that provide taxpayers with  automatic  accounting method changes under Rev. Proc. 2011-14
    • provides audit protection for prior years
    • waived scope limitation for taxpayers under exam, taxpayers who changed accounting methods for the same item in the last five years or in their last year of their business
  • Overview of method changes
  • Most changes made with a section 481(a) adjustment
  • May file single Form 3115 for two or more  concurrent changes under the respective procedure
  • Allowed to make late GAA elections only for their first or second taxable year beginning after Dec. 31, 2011
  • Two year window to accommodate changes!

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