A reader asked the following question:
"President Obama's proposed Jobs Act includes an extension of 100% bonus depreciation through 2012; however, it excludes qualified real property. Does this include farm buildings?"
First, I think there is a very good chance that we will see 100% bonus depreciation sometime in 2012. However, we are dealing with politicians in Washington, D.C., and this decision may not get made until after next year's election. This is what happened in 2010. For planning purposes, we currently have 100% bonus depreciation for 2011 and 50% for 2012. Those are the numbers I would use for now.
Second, qualified real property relates more to retail lease space and restaurant property, etc. All farm buildings have either a 20-year life or perhaps a 10-year life for structures such as a hog confinement building. Under the section of the code dealing with bonus depreciation, all assets with a life of 20 years or less qualifies for bonus depreciation. So the bottom line answer is that farm buildings would qualify under President Obama's proposal.