Thinking Outside of the Ring

Horses & Taxes: 3-Year Depreciation For Race Horses Restored

Race horse owners benefit under the depreciation rules that are part of recent budget legislation. Credits: Lillian Shupe

Congress has passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, legislation that will fund government operations through March 23 and remove budgetary obstacles to allow longer-term FY2018 appropriations talks to move forward.

For the horse industry, lawmakers approved an important tax incentive to restore three-year depreciation of racehorses for FY2017, allowing race horse owners to take advantage of the incentive within their FY2017 tax submission. This will allow racehorse owners to capture tax benefits that expired in FY2016.

The new tax law includes 100% depreciation for racehorses. The industry will continue to advocate for the 3-year depreciation provision for 2018 and beyond. In addition to enacting an important capital cost recovery tool for the horse industry, the budget agreement also removes spending caps until March 2019 and authorizes nearly $300 billion in additional federal spending for the next two years.

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Lawmakers hope that addressing the funding caps, effectively ending the “sequester” for the next year, will pave the way for smoother and more long-term budget negotiations through the remainder of 2018.

For more information related to the nation’s rapidly changing tax policies, contact Bryan Brendle, AHC’s Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs at or 202-296-4031.

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