How Can Dental Practices Take Advantage of a Section 179 Tax Deduction?

By The Dentists Supply Company

If you own a dental practice, the Section 179 tax deduction may help you lower your taxable income and help you save on your business taxes for 2021. Learning more about this valuable tax incentive can help you reduce owed business equipment taxes and help you plan for your practice’s future.

What is the Section 179 tax deduction?

The Section 179 deduction applies to tangible personal property such as machinery and equipment purchased or leased for use in a trade or business.

How does the Section 179 tax deduction work?

Any dental practice filing a U.S. Business Income Tax Return for 2021 is eligible to take the Section 179 deduction. The equipment must be acquired in 2021 and installed or placed in service by Dec. 31, 2021.

I recently bought new equipment. What more do I need to know about qualifying for Section 179?

Coordinate with your equipment provider to ensure there’s enough lead time to install your equipment before the end-of-year deadline. If your new equipment requires employee training, you will need to schedule the training as soon as possible to meet the deadline. Keep in mind that if you pay for equipment in advance but fail to install it by Dec. 31, 2021, the Section 179 deduction will not apply for 2021. You also may need to meet other eligibility requirements under Section 179.

What kinds of equipment purchases qualify for the deduction?

Most of the equipment you’ll purchase, finance or lease for your practice will qualify for the deduction, provided that it is used more than 50% of the time for business purposes. A few examples of qualifying purchases include:

  • Business vehicles.
  • Certain improvements to an existing non-residential building, which may include fire alarms, HVAC, security systems, and roofing.
  • Computers.
  • Computer “off-the-shelf” software.
  • Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use. (Your deduction is based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes).
  • Office equipment (X-ray imaging instruments, handpieces, air purifiers, etc.).
  • Office and operatory furniture (dental patient chairs, dental cabinets).

A routine part of an IRS audit is to review freight bills and bills of lading, and to verify when the equipment was delivered and installed. Make sure you retain these documents in case of an audit.

Is there a limit on how much money I can deduct in 2021?

The Section 179 deduction limit for 2021 is $1,050,000. This means your dental practice can deduct the full cost of qualifying equipment (new or used, leased or owned), up to $1,050,000, from your taxable income in 2021.

The tax deduction applies until you reach a spending cap of $2,590,000 for the year. The spending cap was put into place to ensure that the deduction remains an incentive for small businesses.

Who should I contact to claim the tax deduction for dental practices?

If you have questions about Section 179, contact your CPA or tax professional. They can help you determine if taking the Section 179 deduction is the right choice for you and your practice. In addition, your tax professional may be familiar with other tax provisions that may provide additional tax savings.

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Reprinted with permission. This blog was originally posted by The Dentists Company on Nov. 8, 2021.

5 Strategies to Hire Great Staff for Your Dental Practice

By Anna L. Davies, Digital Marketing Specialist at Whiteboard Marketing

Like every industry, dental offices are facing staffing shortages. According to the American Dental Association, more than 80% of dentists say the recruitment process is extremely challenging.

Finding the staff and talent you need can feel overwhelming. Here are five strategies to help you recruit staff to your practice.

Strategy #1: Use Your Website to Hire New Staff

“Your website, if optimized, can be one of your most valuable recruitment tools,” says Sean White, CEO and owner of Whiteboard Marketing. “Prospective employees look through websites to get a feel for day-to-day life in your office.” In fact, the second most-visited page on a website is your team page.

To optimize your website for staff recruitment, work with your web developer to:

  • Add a careers page to your website so prospective employees can easily find postings.

This helps qualified, prospective employees find essential information about your practice and available positions.

Add individual pages for each job posting linked from the careers page. This makes the job posting easy for prospective employees to locate and help search engines like Google show your webpage when people search for dental jobs near them.

Strategy #2: Use Facebook to Attract New Staff

“With 71% of the U.S. population currently using Facebook, finding your best candidate is just a job post or advertisement away,” says White. “For our dental clients, we have had the most success recruiting quality candidates for front desk and office manager positions.”

Work with your social media manager to:

  • Post open positions on your Facebook business page.

Include the link to your careers page so prospective employees can go to your website and learn more.

After posting, boost this post to reach a wider audience. It will appear on your Facebook business page, in the “Jobs bookmark” and on Marketplace.

Facebook provides easy steps when boosting a job post. The platform considers job ads a “special category” and has a strict non-discrimination policy with limited audience segmentation capabilities.

  • Advertise open positions with Facebook ads.

Facebook advertising allows you to run your hiring ads longer than a boosted post. Use high-quality team images, positive messaging and strong calls to action.

For example, if you’re looking to hire a dental assistant in the Fort Lauderdale area, you can target Fort Lauderdale as your ad radius and people with “dental assistant” as an occupation or interest on their profile.

  • Join your area’s Dental Peeps Facebook group.

Dental Peeps is a private Facebook group for dental staff. Ask your staff to post on the wall and encourage others to apply.

Strategy #3: Post on Key Job Search Websites

Accounting for more than half of all online job postings, job websites serve as the primary recruiting source for employers and employees.

Indeed is the No. 1 job site in the world with more than 250 million active unique users each month,” says White. “Because every dental market is different, research the best site for your area.”

Consider using:

Strategy #4: Ask Your Employees to Refer Potential Staff

According to CareerBuilder, 82% of employers say their best employees come from referrals.

“Employee referral programs are one of the most effective and efficient recruitment strategies you can implement,” says White. “Your current team members understand your practice, patient philosophy, culture and work ethic. They also have the best idea of peers who may be a great fit for your business.”

Motivate your staff to refer employees through an organized incentive program. Some incentive ideas include cash, gift cards or extra vacation days. You also can ask team members to review your practice on hiring websites.

Strategy #5: Maintain an Inventory of Potential Employees

As you navigate the hiring process, you will collect resumes of qualified candidates. Keep these resumes on file for future opportunities at your practice.


Whiteboard Marketing is a national dental marketing agency, based in Dublin, Ohio. With more than 17 years of experience, Whiteboard Marketing creates unique, customized solutions that attract, acquire and retain patients for your practice.

How Can Dental Practices Take Advantage of a Section 179 Tax Deduction?

By The Dentists Supply Company

If you own a dental practice, the Section 179 tax deduction may help you lower your taxable income and help you save on your business taxes for 2021. Learning more about this valuable tax incentive can help you reduce owed business equipment taxes and help you plan for your practice’s future.

What is the Section 179 tax deduction?

The Section 179 deduction applies to tangible personal property such as machinery and equipment purchased or leased for use in a trade or business.

How does the Section 179 tax deduction work?

Any dental practice filing a U.S. Business Income Tax Return for 2021 is eligible to take the Section 179 deduction. The equipment must be acquired in 2021 and installed or placed in service by Dec. 31, 2021.

I recently bought new equipment. What more do I need to know about qualifying for Section 179?

Coordinate with your equipment provider to ensure there’s enough lead time to install your equipment before the end-of-year deadline. If your new equipment requires employee training, you will need to schedule the training as soon as possible to meet the deadline. Keep in mind that if you pay for equipment in advance but fail to install it by Dec. 31, 2021, the Section 179 deduction will not apply for 2021. You also may need to meet other eligibility requirements under Section 179.

What kinds of equipment purchases qualify for the deduction?

Most of the equipment you’ll purchase, finance or lease for your practice will qualify for the deduction, provided that it is used more than 50% of the time for business purposes. A few examples of qualifying purchases include:

  • Business vehicles.
  • Certain improvements to an existing non-residential building, which may include fire alarms, HVAC, security systems, and roofing.
  • Computers.
  • Computer “off-the-shelf” software.
  • Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use. (Your deduction is based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes).
  • Office equipment (X-ray imaging instruments, handpieces, air purifiers, etc.).
  • Office and operatory furniture (dental patient chairs, dental cabinets).

A routine part of an IRS audit is to review freight bills and bills of lading, and to verify when the equipment was delivered and installed. Make sure you retain these documents in case of an audit.

Is there a limit on how much money I can deduct in 2021?

The Section 179 deduction limit for 2021 is $1,050,000. This means your dental practice can deduct the full cost of qualifying equipment (new or used, leased or owned), up to $1,050,000, from your taxable income in 2021.

The tax deduction applies until you reach a spending cap of $2,590,000 for the year. The spending cap was put into place to ensure that the deduction remains an incentive for small businesses.

Who should I contact to claim the tax deduction for dental practices?

If you have questions about Section 179, contact your CPA or tax professional. They can help you determine if taking the Section 179 deduction is the right choice for you and your practice. In addition, your tax professional may be familiar with other tax provisions that may provide additional tax savings.

Explore TDSC.com equipment and handpieces.


Reprinted with permission. This blog was originally posted by The Dentists Company on Nov. 8, 2021.

4 Cybersecurity Awareness Tips

FDA Services (FDAS) has seen an alarming increase in cyberattacks on dental offices in the past few years. This year has especially had a sharp increase, which is why they’ve partnered with Coalition Insurance to bring our members cybersecurity and insurance. Even if you choose not to use Coalition Insurance as your cyber insurance provider, please make sure you have this coverage in place! They recommend, at the minimum, $250 per patient record in coverage. 

Below are four cybersecurity awareness tips from our friends at Coalition:


The FDAS experienced staff is ready to get to work for you — call or text 850.681.2996 or email insurance@fdaservices.com to connect to our agents today.