Equipment Industry Can Benefit from Bonus Depreciation Provision in Economic Stimulus Package

Staff | September 28, 2010

As rebate checks go out to the American people, the U.S. economy is expected to benefit from the economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed in February 2008 by President Bush.

The equipment industry can also benefit from use of bonus depreciation in the economic stimulus package, explains Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

Slater outlines why below and notes the availability of a brochure with more details.

AEM strongly supported the economic stimulus legislation, especially the section that provides a bonus deprecation for businesses to deduct 50 percent of the cost of new equipment purchased and placed into service in 2008. A healthy equipment industry contributes greatly to the overall strength of the economy, helping Americans to keep jobs.

In a recent poll of AEM construction equipment manufacturing members, 60 percent of respondents said that the bonus depreciation provision will provide their customers with an incentive to purchase new equipment. Manufacturers expect the bonus depreciation will spur business investment in new capital goods by reducing the current year cost of the asset. Temporary bonus depreciation provisions passed in 2003 have been credited with boosting business spending by 4 percent in the six months following enactment.

More details about the requirements of the depreciation bonus and what it means to equipment buyers are available online in a brochure produced by AEM with the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED). Contact AEM’s Washington office for a copy – Dana Kinsey at or call (202) 898-9064.