Equipment Leasing vs. Equipment Loans
Financing equipment for your business is a crucial decision. Is it better to lease or take out a loan and buy it outright?
Financing requires at least a down payment that is 10-20% of the value of the equipment, which takes cash away from other vital things and reduces your available line of credit. On the other hand, leasing requires an initial outlay of 1%. Also, payments for leasing can be smaller and spread over a larger period of time.
Leasing also means you do not necessarily have to keep the equipment, as opposed to a loan. It’s much easier to replace equipment once it is obsolete under a leasing arrangement than if you own it.
There are also tax advantages. The IRS treats an operating lease as a tax deductible overhead expense rather than a purchase, thus 100% of lease payments are tax deductible. Also, since a lease is not considered a long-term debt, it does not appear on the company’s balance sheet as such, improving financial health.
Leasing gives your business valuable flexibility as you position yourself in the marketplace.
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