Governor Branstad has used his line-item veto power to approve a bill that finally resolves what Iowa’s business tax laws look like for 2010 tax returns (which are due less than 3 weeks from now).  For 2010 and 2011, Iowa is coupling with federal Section 179 rules.  This means the Section 179 limit in Iowa is $500,000, same as for federal returns. 

Iowa is still not coupling with federal bonus depreciation rules for 2010 or 2011.  This means re-calculations of depreciation deductions will still have to be done for assets that you claimed bonus depreciation on. 

It appears that the bill will also couple — for 2010 — with federal “front-side” deductions from income, such as the $250 deduction for K-12 teachers for classroom supplies.  I have several teacher clients affected by this.  Their returns have already been filed, so we’ll be filing amended returns to claim this extra $250 deduction. 

Branstad had threatened to veto the entire bill because of certain provisions he didn’t like, pertaining to transfers of funds between agencies.  But Branstad instead used his item-veto power to veto the parts he didn’t like, and to approve the tax provisions.

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