Sometimes leasing equipment, instead of buying it, can be the best option for your business. However, there are many variables that should be considered, including costs, use restrictions, legal parameters, and others.
Should You Buy Or Lease Your Equipment?
* Leasing operating equipment, such as computers, vehicles, and machinery, often makes more sense than buying. However, while favorable leases are often good bets, unfavorable ones can easily sink an emerging venture. While doing your legal homework can help prevent bad deals, it's always a good idea to have a lawyer look over a lease before signing it. Investigate the Buying vs. Leasing issue.
* Is your lease likely to be deemed a purchase for tax purposes by the IRS? If so, leasing may not give you a tax advantage. If not, you may be able to deduct payments on the leased equipment. Here are some IRS Guidelines.