Section 179 - Tax

Don’t miss out on year-end tax saving opportunities with the Section 179 tax deduction for your vending business

If you are wondering why all small businesses around you are rushing to make purchases, then you are in the right place. For those who have woken up from a 15-year slumber, Section 179 allows all businesses to deduct the total value of qualified purchases within certain limits while computing taxes. This has been around since 2008. This year the government provides several additional benefits to businesses, including the ability to deduct up to $1,080,000. This is the highest-ever deduction allowed so far. This number has varied each year and might not even be applicable in future years. For vending machine businesses interested in this Section 179 tax deduction in 2022, you have about six weeks to make eligible purchases.

Section 179

Eligibility for Section 179 Deductions

Large businesses can enjoy the same deductions as small ones under Section 179. However, the deductions have been structured to specifically encourage small businesses and to boost their profitability. 

Certain governing conditions define eligibility for this deduction. The total qualified equipment purchase for these businesses should be at most $3.78 Million. The following list shows the type of equipment eligible for this deduction:

Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use:

  • Tangible personal property used in business
  • Business vehicles with a gross vehicle weight above 6,000 lbs
  • Computers
  • Computer “Off-the-Shelf” software
  • Office furniture
  • Office equipment

Vending machines are included within eligible purchases for the Section 179 Tax Deduction. This allows small vending businesses to spend money on capital enhancement and enjoy tax savings.

Off-the-Shelf software purchases are also eligible to put toward this deduction. Bespoke or custom-developed software and software services are not eligible, however.

Another qualifier is that the equipment purchased in FY 22 must also have been implemented in FY 22. The business must also have made a taxable profit in the same year. If the business cuts a loss, it will only be eligible for bonus depreciation. [1]

Limits in Section 179 for FY 2022

The minimum spending on capital equipment or software for which the Section 179 deductions applies is $2,700,000. The maximum amount for which the deductions apply is $3,780,000. This means there can be a dollar-to-dollar deduction for a total of $1,080,000 ($3.78M – $2.7 M) in FY 22.

This limit makes it very attractive for small and medium businesses, as large businesses often spend more than $3.78 Mn on Section 179 qualified equipment in a year.

Section 179 and Financed Purchases

The relevance of Section 179 deductions for cash-down purchases in the current year is straightforward. However, the government allows businesses to deduct for financed purchases too. The point is that businesses are eligible to deduct the total value of the equipment bought, including what is financed in the current year. This can be explained by the following example:

Assume that the value of 10 Vending Machines = $ 100,000 **

The total value of installments in the current year as a part of the financing agreement = $ 20,000 **

The value eligible for Section 179 Deduction = $ 100,000 **

Tax Savings when the tax rate is 22% = $ 22,000 **

** All values are assumptions to demonstrate deductions in the case of a financed purchase.

Thus, there can be instances where the Section 179 deductions can save more in taxes than the money spent toward that purchase in the current year. This depends on the terms of financing, though.

Savings for your vending business can be estimated by clicking on the link at the end of this article.

Electing to Deduct Under Section 179

Vending machine business tax deductions under Section 179 are not applicable by default. All businesses must elect for this deduction in form 4562 while filing the returns at the end of the year. This is a form a business must file when showing depreciation of assets or deductions under Section 179. Businesses can claim this deduction even when filing under an approved extension beyond the date for filing returns.

Investments eligible for the computation of deductions include the amount spent up to the date of filing returns. Expenses not considered in the years preceding the current year can be included in the current year. However, the investments made before 2007 cannot be considered. [2]

Next Steps for Your Vending Business

If you have not already purchased enough equipment to enjoy the benefits of deductions under Section 179, now is the time. The deduction does not only help you improve your P&L, but it can also help you save taxes and invest in your growth.

If you do not have disposable cash that you can use to purchase vending machines, that should not be a hurdle. You can finance your purchase using our attractive financing options and still claim deductions for the total value of the purchase as long as it is within the eligible limit for the current year.

Our vending specialists can help you estimate your savings and plan the purchase of your new or used vending machines. To know more, call us at 1-855-929-1042 or visit our website at www.vending.com.

Useful Links:

Part 1 of Form 4562: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4562.pdf

Information about Section 179: https://www.section179.org/

Tax Deduction Calculator: https://www.section179.org/section_179_calculator/

 

[1] – https://www.section179.org/section_179_deduction/

[2] – https://www.section179.org/electing_section_179_deductions/

Vending.com - Vending technology is transforming the food industry

Vending technology is transforming the food industry

Introduction

Vending machines have been serving food products to consumers for more than a century. Today, more than $30 billion worth of food and beverages are bought from vending machines all over the country each year. They form an integral part of the food supply chain.

Like all electrical and electronic equipment, vending machines are embracing the growth of technology. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, Electronic Payment Interfaces, and Graphical Human-Machine Interfaces are some examples of the latest technology used in modern vending machines. Such pieces of technology have created new possibilities in unmanned food retail. They have improved efficiencies, reduced waste, enhanced accountability and delivered novel experiences for the end-user. Let us explore how technology in vending is revolutionizing the food industry and its trends.

Vending in the Food Industry

Thomas Adams installed machines selling sugar-coated chewing gum balls in New York in the late 19th century. Vending machines have since played a significant role in food industry trends. Today they sell everything from packaged potato chips to freshly cooked pizza. Disregarding a few fringe variants, the majority of food products that flow through the vending channel are of four broad types:

Snacks and Beverages – This is the largest contributor to the share of food products sold through vending machines in the United States. It includes cold beverages (23%), packaged snacks (15.5%), and candy & confectionery (18.3%). This amounts to about $17.6 billion in annual sales in the U.S. They are mostly convenience sales and impulse purchases.

Frozen Food & Cold Storage Products – This category is the second-largest by sales. It consists of ice cream (1.9%), frozen food (5.3%), and Healthy & Fresh Food (8.2%). Such products usually have a short shelf life. Hence the vending machines selling them are limited to specific areas like grocery stores, micro-markets or other sites where consumers come to buy food supplies. Together, they contribute to about $4.9 billion in annual sales in the U.S.

Hot Beverages – The hot beverage vending took a tremendous beating during the COVID-19 pandemic and the following lockdown measures of several state governments. But since 2021, the industry has been bouncing back hard. Today, hot beverage vending machines contribute to approximately 3.8% of total sales, equaling about $1.2 billion annually.

Others – All other categories have been grouped into this category. This includes fresh pizzas, hot food, soup, ready meat, and french fries. This segment contributes to $4.2 billion in annual sales in the U.S. Some reports claim that this is the fastest-growing of all categories of food sold through vending machines.

Benefits of Vending Technology for the Food Industry

There are several participants in the food industry. Some of them are a part of the food products’ value stream. They participate in the production, logistics and consumption of food. This includes the business that produces and packages food, catering or food services providers, wholesalers and retailers. When vending machines are involved in the process, there are more participants. They are vending machine operators, owners of locations where the vending machines are placed and sources of food products.

Economic Value Added for all Stakeholders: The sale of food products through vending machines creates revenue for vending machine operators and location owners. Considering that a massive part of the sales on vending machines are discretionary and impulse purchases, they increase the total sales volume in the food industry. This helps all the participants in this industry grow their revenue.

Vending in Food Security: It is estimated that about 3.1 million Americans suffer from acute food insecurity. A big part of it is because of food deserts. This is a crisis driven by the lack of accessibility to food where it is required. Vending machines can become satellite stores for store owners, which can be replenished regularly. This helps extend the range of service of the grocery or departmental stores without having to incur expensive capital. The latest vending machines have onboard or cloud-enabled inventory management software. This helps the store owners to track consumption and replace the stock in these remotely installed machines without having to visit them for frequent inspection. When all impediments are removed, store owners are motivated to install more vending machines that give access to processed and fresh food. This can help improve food security by providing convenient access to essential nutrition anywhere and anytime.

Vending for Sustainability: As discussed earlier, vending machines with inventory management help track food consumption. Owners can now stock the right amount of food in their machines by monitoring stock levels. This minimizes food waste.

Moreover, new-age machines use energy-efficient cooling systems like R290-based refrigeration units. They are easier to deploy than replacing large cooling units of big stores or markets. This makes vending machines an energy-efficient supplement to stores wherever possible.

Dealing with catastrophic disruptions: If there is anything that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us in 2020 and 2021, we depend on a fragile supply chain for our daily needs. The world is still reeling from its after-effects. Vending machines can help address the last-mile supply chain issues by providing contactless access to essential food supplies. Some machines have inherent UV-based irradiation to sanitize machine interfaces and supplies.

Emerging Technology in Food Vending

Recent advances in electronics, software and computing have revolutionized the vending industry. The benefits of this technological progress have had a positive impact on the food industry and its trends. Some of them are discussed below.

Contamination Prevention: UV sanitization has helped vending machines not only sanitize the touchpoints where consumers interact with them. They now can sanitize the merchandise they sell. UVend Technology makes high-touch machine surfaces safer by destroying or inactivating some of the most common viruses, bacteria, and highly beneficial during COVID-19.

Hot Food Vending: Energy-efficient heating systems combined with precision robotics have helped turn vending machines into kitchens. This is expected to widen the range of products and services offered through vending machines.

Sustainability & Eco-Friendliness: Modern cooling systems, prevention of waste using inventory management platforms and other environmentally responsible features make vending machines a compelling retail channel in food industry trends.

Conclusion:

The food industry has been one of the earliest beneficiaries of vending technology. All stakeholders in the food industry benefit from the use of vending machines as a channel for last-mile retail. The recent developments in technology have only enhanced the benefits of vending machines.

Vending.com has been a part of the vending industry for over 90 years. Strong investments in research and development on cutting-edge technology have helped Vending.com set the pace for innovations in the vending industry. If you are looking to set up a vending business or grow your current vending business, talk to us at 1-855-929-1042 or visit our website.