For those of you who haven't heard yet, there are some new tax rules around business asset depreciation. Those in the know call it depreciation section 179.
It has interesting implications for business purchases. Depending on the needs of the business, it is possible to claim the full purchase price of an asset purchased for the business. This can result in a nice sum of money coming back from the government. Of course, the normal accounting practice of depreciating an item over time is another option.
Keeping up with changes to the tax code can be quite a challenge. It's no wonder that so many people think that it's impossible to do their own taxes at home. At times, it seems like it's intentionally designed to confuse a normal person so that government can hang on to as much money as possible. My advice, use one of the online services or a local professional. Otherwise, you're not likely to get as much money back as you deserve.