Barr Introduces Equine Tax Bills

Congressman Andy Barr introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at benefiting the breeding and racing industries.

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On March 30, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) re-introduced the Race Horse Cost Recovery Act (HR 1804) and the Equine Tax Parity Act (HR 1805).

The Race Horse Cost Recovery Act would permanently place all racehorses in the three-year category for tax depreciation purposes. A 2008 provision that temporarily put race horses in the three-year category expired at the end of 2016.

The Equine Tax Parity Act would make horses eligible for capital gains treatment after 12 months, rather than 24, similar to other business assets. The American Horse Council supports both of these bills.

Barr also introduced the Race Horse Expensing Certainty Act (HR 1806), which would provide extra clarity that racehorses are eligible for the Section 179 business expense deduction. All horses purchased and placed in service by a business are currently eligible for the Section 179 deduction and the bill would not change this

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The American Horse Council was organized in 1969 to represent the horse industry in Washington before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies. It is a nonprofit corporation that represents all segments of the equine industry.

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