For 2016 Congress defined Tax Depreciation rules before the end of the tax year. The benefit is that budgeting and tax planning for capital equipment aquisitioin becomes easier.
The US Congress set IRS Section 179 limits at $500,000 for front-end expensing and phase out dollar for dollar aquisition amounts over $2,000,000.
Additionally, Bonus Depreciation has been reinstated for 2016. This years rules allow for an additionaly Bonus Depreciation of 50%.
This means that if you lease your equipment over a long term, you can expense up to 73% of its cost in 2016. If your company is in the 35% tax bracket, the savings is significant.
It also means that there is no need to delay aquisition of capital equipment waiting for congress to pass their rules.
It is important to note that the equipment must be ordered, paid for and in service by December 31, 2016.
Reference to the IRS discussion about depreciation: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/A-Brief-Overview-of-Depreciation