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What All Tax Incentives (or Reforms) for Fire Sprinkler Systems in 2022? - americanfireinc

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americanfire February 28, 2022 No Comments

There’s no denying fact that fire sprinkler systems save lives, lowering the death rate by 81% and reducing property damage by nearly 70% in fire-prone buildings. However, higher installation costs compel property owners, to go for risky decisions to forego fire suppression.

Automatic home fire sprinkler systems need to be installed under California Residential Code section R313.2 in newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings. Automatic sprinkler protection is generally required in most new buildings that exceed 5,000 square feet. Sprinkler systems are also required in structures taller than 55 feet, townhomes with more than two residential occupancy units, and self-storage facilities. Fire Sprinkler system requirements are frequently included in insurance policies. The new tax code provides businesses an opportunity to significantly reduce the risk of costly fire damage by offsetting such expenditure with equivalent tax savings.

Tax Benefits for Installing a New Fire Sprinkler System

There has never been a better time to install a new fire sprinkler system, with tax incentives now in place. Businesses should be encouraged to install them, as fire sprinklers are the quickest means to extinguish a fire.

In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provided a money-saving and potentially life-saving benefit to business owners.  It gives an option to deduct the full cost of up to $1 million of installing or upgrading a fire suppression system from the federal taxes each year.

Fire protection system is considered an eligible cost for small businesses under Section 179 of the tax code. High-rise commercial buildings are now eligible for these incentives under Section 168, effective of March 2020. The installation of fire sprinklers is now more cost-effective than ever before, thanks to the new regulation!!

Another advantage is that, according to Cost Recover Section 13201, any sprinkler system installed or updated in an existing commercial structure between September 27, 2017, and December 31, 2022, can be completely expensed. That’s a significant cost reduction! Beginning in 2023, the amount that can be expensed will gradually decrease. This means that fire chiefs and local policymakers can now ensure that business owners have one year for full expensing.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) encourages businesses to invest in life-saving fire protection systems by enticing them with a tax deduction for installation on new buildings, upgrading existing systems, or retrofitting existing structures. The incentive, which also includes security and alarm systems, is part of the new law’s larger effort to stimulate long-term economic growth by encouraging businesses to make capital investments. The trend is clearly toward installing fire sprinklers in most structures, making it a wise move to take advantage of this tax break ahead of time.

American Fire Protection Systems has in-house professionals equipped to design, install, inspect and maintain fire sprinkler systems that meet various requirements while adhering to National Fire Protection Association standards, local and state building laws, and insurance underwriter requirements. For any Commercial and Residential Fire Sprinkler Installations in Los Angeles, Contact Us.



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