As you may have heard, a special deduction designed to stimulate the U.S. manufacturing sector and various other industries — the domestic production activity deduction (DPAD) — was repealed after major tax legislation at the end of 2017.

The DPAD often ended up being a valuable deduction, equal to 9 percent of a company’s qualified production activities income (including the cost of goods, deductions, expenses, and losses). That’s why it’s leaving a pretty big void for some businesses.

This may be especially true if you have a seasonal business relying heavily on holiday gift-shopping. While you may have gotten near-immediate tax benefits for producing goods at year-end in the past, that’s no longer the case.

Other ways to save

Nevertheless, there are other new tax law provisions that may be able to pick up some of the slack from losing the DPAD. Here are a few to consider:

  • A reduction in corporate tax rates to a flat 21 percent rate.
  • Generous Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation for property placed in service this year.
  • Enhanced tax benefits for vehicles used for business driving.
  • A deduction of up to 20 percent of qualified business income (QBI) for pass-through entities.
  • A switch to the cash accounting method for certain small businesses.

Call if you have questions about implementing year-end strategies that optimize these tax benefits.