Most leases come with options at the end of your term: purchase the equipment, trade it in for a new machine or return it. If you’re concerned about keeping up with the latest technology or other features, leasing’s a great way to stay current. Choosing the trade-in or return option makes it easier to upgrade to a new model without worrying about how to dispose of what might be an outdated machine.
The tax advantages are greater when you buy equipment, for sure — but leasing still comes with the benefit of a tax deduction for your lease payments. (Tax laws change from year to year, so check with your accountant or advisor to confirm the current rules.)
The lease versus own decision isn’t easy, and the “right” answer depends on your individual situation. How much capital do you have available for acquiring equipment? Are there other priorities vying for that money? How many years are you planning to use the equipment — and how many hours each year? Is it a popular model that will bring a great resale price or a more specialized machine that may be harder to sell? Will you need to invest in training operators or technicians to use or service the new machine? All these considerations (and more) factor into the decision.
This simple Lease/Own Comparison Tool can help you get started down the right path. Then, talk with your financial advisor to determine what makes the best business sense for you.
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